Lesson Plans: A Greco-Roman Feast

Bust of Augustus

Greco-Roman feast can be a great deal of fun and a wonderful cross-curricular, interdisciplinary project. It can also be a lot of trouble! The most difficult aspect of an ancient feast is doing the preliminary planning and obtaining supplies. Included here are suggestions, ideas, and handouts for a feast for 30-60 participants in middle and high school. The feast can be scaled down or be made mono-cultural (either Greek or Roman) for convenience. The goals of the feast are to give students some hands-on fun and put them in the shoes (on the dining couches) of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Students' knowledge of the ancient world, learned throughout the year in history, English, and other classes, is tested through quizzes, games, and performances. Ideally, a feast will be as authentic as possible while still allowing flexibility and fun. As described, the feast applies mostly to the 7th or 8th through 12th grades. Upper-level students can help organize the event, taking on responsibility for performance and authenticity.

An overview of goals, materials, room layout and equipment, and more, including a detailed, illustrated section on procedures that gives a minute-by-minute program.

Sample Save the Date Notice

Sample Invitation

Sample Roman Menu with Recipes
To inspire experimentation with recipes and, for fun, recipes for liquamen and dormice that we don't use!

Sample Name Tags

Sample Program
A one-page handout for attendees

Helpful or Fun Latin Phrases
Useful phrases, like "Felix convivium!" ("Bon appetit!"), and humorous ones, like "Pone cetera apri in linteo tuo domum ferre" ("Put the rest of that boar in your napkin to bring home")

Catullus Poem 13 in Latin and English
"You will dine well, my Fabullus, with me..."

Sample Announcement or Press Release
Adapt this summary to use in promoting your school's Feast.

Books and more, from serious references about food and society to costume in the classical world. Also, sources for entertainment at your school's feast, from Hercules tattoos to Harry Potter in Greek and Latin.

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