Cena

In ancient Roman culture, cena was the main meal of the day. It was a focal point of social life, along with the public baths, the frequenting of which often preceded the meal. Seating during dinner was arranged in the triclinium, three couches for reclining arranged as three sides of a square, with a small table for food in the middle of all these.

Only the very wealthy would consume exotic dishes such as giraffe, ostrich, lion, and peacock.

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