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Storing Produce and Staging Dinner Parties: Fruit-Galleries and Genre in Varro's De re rustica 1

Grant Nelsestuen
Illinois Classical Studies
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Spring 2016), pp. 21-40
DOI: 10.5406/illiclasstud.41.1.0021
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/illiclasstud.41.1.0021
Page Count: 20
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Storing Produce and Staging Dinner Parties: Fruit-Galleries and Genre in Varro's De re rustica 1
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Abstract

This article explores the genre and ideological agenda of Varro's De re rustica by examining the textual representation of oporothecae (“fruit-galleries”). As structures in which fruit could be stored and dinner parties held, the oporothecae not only serve to evaluate and satirize the rural practices of contemporary Roman elites but also programmatically epitomize the tension generated by De re rustica's synthesis of the technical treatise, philosophical dialogue, and satire.

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