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The Learned Banqueters, Volume I: Books 1–3.106e

The Learned Banqueters, Volume I: Books 1–3.106e


Edited and translated by S. Douglas Olson

ISBN 9780674996205

Publication date: 01/31/2007

Scholars at dinner.

In The Learned Banqueters, Athenaeus describes a series of dinner parties at which the guests quote extensively from Greek literature. The work (which dates to the very end of the second century AD) is amusing reading and of extraordinary value as a treasury of quotations from works now lost. Athenaeus also preserves a wide range of information about different cuisines and foodstuffs; the music and entertainments that ornamented banquets; and the intellectual talk that was the heart of Greek conviviality. S. Douglas Olson has undertaken to produce a complete new edition of the work, replacing the previous seven-volume Loeb Athenaeus (published under the title Deipnosophists).


  • The re-evaluation of Athenaeus continues. This is the very welcome first volume of a new Loeb edition of the Deipnosophistae intended to replace the set of volumes edited by Charles Gulick (1927-41).

    —J. L. Lightfoot, Exemplaria Classica


  • S. Douglas Olson is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Book Details

  • 624 pages
  • 1-5/16 x 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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