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Modern Authors:


David Abulafia, The Great Sea

Helena Atlee, The Land Where Lemons Grow

Françoise Argot-Dutard,  Pascal Charvet,‎ Sandrine Lavaud (eds.), Voyage aux pays du vin



Isaac Bashevis Singer, In My Father’s Court

Mary Beard, Pompeii: the Life of a Roman Town

Mary Beard, SPQR

Esther Benbassa, The Jews of France: a History from Antiquity to the Present

Raymond Billiard, La Vigne dans l’Antiquité

Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du gout



Raymond Carr (ed.), Spain: a History

Theodore Andrea Cook, Old Provence



Gillian Darley, Vesuvius

WD Davies, Louis Finkelstein (series eds.),  The Cambridge History of Judaism

Roger Dion, Histoire de la vigne et du vin en France des origines au XIXe siècle



Robert Étienne et Françoise Mayet, Le Vin hispanique

Harry Eyres, Horace and Me: Life Lessons From an Ancient Poet



Stuart Fleming, Vinum: The Story of Roman Wine

Harry Freedman, The Talmud: a Biography



Gilbert Garrier, Histoire sociale et culturelle du vin

Martin Goodman, Rome and Jerusalem: the Clash of Ancient Civilizations



Charlotte Higgins, Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain

Tom Holland, Rubicon: the Last Years of the Roman Republic

John Hooper, The Italians

Robert Hughes, Rome: a Cultural, Visual and Personal History



Julian Jeffs, Sherry

Hugh Johnson, The Story of Wine



Melvin Konner, Unsettled: an Anthropology of the Jews

Gisela H Kreglinger, The Spirituality of Wine



DH Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia

Paul Lukacs, Inventing Wine: a New History of One of the World’s Most Ancient Pleasures








Patrick E McGovern, Stuart J Fleming, Solomon H Katz (eds.), The Origins and Ancient History of Wine

Maria Rosa Menocal, The Ornament of the World


Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino, The World of Sicilian Wine

John Julius Norwich, Sicily: an Island at the Crossroads of Sicily


Jean-Robert Pitte, Le Désir du vin à la conquête du monde



Jancis Robinson, The Oxford Companion to Wine

Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, José Vouillamoz, Wine Grapes: a Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours

Claudia Roden, The Book of Jewish Food: an Odyssey From Samarkand to New York

Claudia Roden, The Food of Spain



Simon Schama: The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words 1000 BCE-1492 CE

Michael Sheridan, Romans: Their Lives and Times

Roy Strong, Feast: a History of Grand Eating



André Tchernia, Le Vin de l’Italie romaine

André Tchernia, Jean Pierre Brun, Le Vin romain antique

Colin Thubron, Jerusalem



Tim Unwin, Wine and the Vine



Jeremy Watson, The New and Classic Wines of Spain



William Younger, Gods, Men and Wine



Websites I found useful:

Naples: Life, Death & Miracles


Perseus Digital Library




Jancis's Purple Pages


I’d also recommend the In Our Time podcast, which often has segments on Roman Britain, and the Food Programme – both at


Classical Authors:

I am grateful to various translators, living and dead, but for reasons of simplicity I am here just listing the originals, with authors’ dates.


9th or 8th century BC

Homer, The Odyssey


480 – 406 BC

Euripides, The Bacchae


234 – 149 BC

Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato), On Agriculture


116 – 27 BC

Marcus Terentius Varro: On Agriculture


107 – 43BC

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero), Letters; Trials


100 – 44 BC

Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar), The Gallic Wars


84 – 54? BC

Gaius Valerius Catullus, Poems


70 – 19 BC

Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), The Georgics; The Eclogues


65 – 8 BC

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), The Odes


64 BC – 24 AD

Strabo, The Geography


59 BC – 17 AD

Livy (Titus Livius), The History of Rome


4 – 70 AD

Lucius Junius Moderatus Columella, Res Rustica

23 – 79 AD

Pliny the Elder (Gaius Plinius Secundus), Natural History


37 – 100 AD

Josephus (Joseph ben Matthias, later Titus Flavius Josephus), Jewish Antiquities; The Jewish War


38–41? – 103 AD

Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis), Epigrams


46 –120 AD

Plutarch (Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus), Lives; Moralia


55–60? – 127 AD

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis), (), The Satires


58 – 120AD

Tacitus (Publius Cornelius Tacitus), Agricola


310 – 395 AD

Ausonius (Decimius Magnus Ausonius), The Works of Ausonius


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