Lucullus was an important and wealthy man from Roma. He loved to eat and organized amazing dinners with many invited people. Once he was alone for dinner. His cook prepared a soup for him. Lucullus become angry and asked him why he prepared only a soup for the dinner:
COOK: we don’t have guest tonight
LUCULLUS: don’t you know that tonight Lucullus eats at Lucullus’ ?
This story shows us how important was the gastronomy in Ancient Roma. There are a lot of evidences about food, beverages, furnitures in archaeology and texts. At that time eating was already an art.
The Monastery is very proud to welcome an exhibition dedicated to the pleasures of the table in Roma. The creator of this exhibition is Popea Heron. She is very active in the sim Roma, making wonderful furnitures for roman houses. She has a shop in Subura Macellum with his friend Lef Leven: Ave Arvete.
The title of the exhibition is “Nunc est bibendum”, a famous sentence of the roman poet Horatius. It is related to epicurian philosophy, whose main goal of live was happiness and pleasure. Eating and drinking without excesses was considered as symbol of simple happiness.