A ROMAN DINNER PARTY

Principal Author: Mark Smillie, St Andrew School (Helena, MT)
Co-Authors: Margie Brodowy, St. Andrew School
Jeremy Taylor, Harlowton High School

OUR DINNER IS PLANNED FOR MAY 5!!


    Like us, the Romans (especially the affluent ones) enjoyed entertaining at home, often with lavish, open-air banquets.  These dinners would include conversation, music, dancing and singing by professional musicians.  After dinner entertainments might include a commissatio (a drinking party) or else the recitation of literary works--usually poetry, sometimes speeches or essays.  The invitations have been sent for your next convivium (banquet) and as you can see, the guests (convivae) are in their chariots and on their way!  Time to start preparing.


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"Tantum vinum amabam, vinetum emi!"