As I pen the latest banquet scene (a dinner party hosted by Gaius Fabius at his mansion on the Caelian Hill), I thought I’d share this lovely, detailed discussion of Roman dining practices (link below).
“The End of the Dinner Party”: restored fresco from the House of the Triclinium, Pompeii
“Even the staff and slaves of the house were incorporated into the entertainment: singing cooks performed as they served guests, while young, attractive, and well-groomed male wine waiters provided an additional form of visual distraction.”
The Roman Banquet: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/banq/hd_banq.htm
Happy Hump a Rump Day!