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Byzantinische Zeitschrift

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Volume 102, Issue 1


Über die Liebe der Byzantiner zum Rindfleisch

Johannes Koder
Published Online: 2010-02-23 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/BYZS.2009.006


An article published several years ago on the provision of Constantinople with meat came to the conclusion (which had already been postulated a priori at the beginning of the paper) that beef had always played a considerable role in the Byzantine kitchen. A reexamination of the written sources (some considered by the author as well as many others) and some archaeological evidence (neglected by the author) allows for the following conclusions: The Byzantines used horned cattle (and buffalos) mainly as working and draught animals, in some regions also for dairy produce. Although the Byzantines did not avoid eating beef (nor was this forbidden by any religious precept), archaeological evidence generally indicates that beef was only occasionally consumed, and then only such animals as old dairy cows and plough oxen slaughtered before dying a natural death. In some instances, however, written sources mention foreigners, e. g. soldiers from other lands, as consumers of beef.

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Published Online: 2010-02-23

Published in Print: 2009-09-01

Citation Information: Byzantinische Zeitschrift, Volume 102, Issue 1, Pages 103–108, ISSN (Online) 1864-449X, ISSN (Print) 0007-7704, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/BYZS.2009.006.

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