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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Apr 2019 12:34 p.m. PST

Good Pasta from the first day!… (smile)

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rmaker19 Apr 2019 8:27 p.m. PST

Considering that pasta was a Renaissance invention, no.

goragrad19 Apr 2019 9:26 p.m. PST

Pasta comes in after 1200 – you would be covering everything with garum instead…

Pliny the Elder and Isidore of Seville derive the Latin word garum from the Greek γαρός (garos),[2] a food named by Aristophanes, Sophocles, and Aeschylus. Garos may have been a type of fish, or a fish sauce similar to garum.[3] Pliny stated that garum was made from fish intestines, with salt, creating a liquor, the garum, and a sediment named (h)allec or allex.[3] A concentrated garum evaporated down to a thick paste with salt crystals was called muria;[4] it would have been used to salt and flavor foods.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 1:55 a.m. PST

Who says they didn't?

Roderick Robertson Fezian20 Apr 2019 9:25 a.m. PST

According to America BC, *everyone* "discovered" America before Columbus; Romans, Phoenicians, Irish, Welsh…

14Bore20 Apr 2019 10:20 a.m. PST

Latin wouldn't be a dead language?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 11:37 a.m. PST



Personal logo COL Scott ret Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2019 12:06 p.m. PST

However finding and doing something are very different. Spain for good and ill did something with what they found.

As far as Rome – as my brother-in-law says "hard telling, not knowing."

Aethelflaeda was framed20 Apr 2019 12:26 p.m. PST

The Phoenicians and Egyptians beat them to it.

Aethelflaeda was framed20 Apr 2019 12:28 p.m. PST

Love fish sauce. Maybe the Romans made it all the way to SE Asia?

goragrad20 Apr 2019 10:47 p.m. PST

Insofar as getting to SE Asia, they have found Roman coins in Japan and Roman glass in China.

Aethelflaeda was framed21 Apr 2019 10:07 a.m. PST

And an Asian Buddha figure in a Viking burial hoard. Some people got around.

I am not really convinced Romans got anywhere close to the Western Hemisphre, but fish sauce might have been brought to the Romans from Asia or it might have been invented independently. Pasta definitely makes it arrival in the Middle Ages or later. Romans ate Barley and Bread, so maybe dumplings.

Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP22 Apr 2019 9:12 a.m. PST

You could use Appollo temple ruins on the side of Antietam.

A few years ago I have been shown in southern Russia, a ruin of a big estate, of an unusual Sarmatian (they told me so, he was not there anymore ;) with heating and more. I told the local guide he must have been an officer in Roman service. Brought back the nice ideas.

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