The Daily Life of Byzantium

The Daily Life of Byzantium

The peasants built their houses out of stone and reeds. The premises were lit with a torch or a beam. We slept on mattresses stuffed with straw. Near the house there was a garden, a vegetable garden, economic buildings, a cellar or a pit, huge vessels buried for storage of grain, wine, olives. The richer people furnished the houses with expensive furniture, lit up the room with lamps with pure olive oil, slept in beds, near which smoked fragrant herbs. The townspeople also lived in different ways. Some lived in luxurious palaces or good houses, others lived in poor huts.

The peasants fed on barley bread, vegetables, at times in general, the sexual and acorns. The well-off consumed meat. These gourmets often suffered from obesity. Tightly ate the Byzantines in the morning, ate somehow, ate with vegetables and fruits alone. The food was taken directly from the pot by hand or by a fork.

The clothes were worn by the Byzantines. The poor dressed in a short cloak, thrown over his shoulder, a shirt of coarse linen or wool. Shoes they served as boots, tied in a strap strapped across. The rich wore chitons of fine linen, good woolen pants, belted with an expensive belt, sporting in boots with curled socks.

Gourmet is an amateur and connoisseur of delicacies.


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The Daily Life of Byzantium