How Many Meals Do The Romans Eat Each Day?


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Dave Lacey answered
Romans would usually have had three meals a day, much like most of the western world does now.
Breakfast (ientaculum), taken around 9am, and lunch (prandium) at noon would both usually be small meals, more like snacks.
The only real hearty meal of the day would have been dinner (cena) in the late evening.
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Anonymous commented
You r wrong . The Romans generally ate one main meal (the cena) a day, around sunset. Originally this was eaten around midday, preceded by a light meal, often just a piece of bread, early in the morning. This was called ientaculum (or breakfast). Supper or vesperna was a smaller meal in the evening. However, cena came to be taken later in the day, and eventually became the evening meal. Vesperna then disappeared and a light lunch, prandium, was introduced.
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Well, Roman Legionaries on the march or on campaign would eat a large helping of oatmeal in the morning along with some other food; and just eat lightly for the next 2 meals or when on the march. Breakfast was the most important meal of the day(for a soldier). It was different in the city, they probably fared lighter; caloric intake would change quite a bit depending on certain situations and circumstances; people have their own attitude towards food, back then everyone wouldn't eat little meals, sometimes they would have large feasts and eat lots.  Ancient people were healthy because of the absence of sugar and other unnecessary junk.
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You are both wrong is 8 meals a day

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