At twilight, around the eighth or ninth hour , the family gathered for supper, the largest meal of the day. Usually
the cena was
quite simple, nothing like the large banquets or
conviviums held for clients and special guests.
In early times the fare often matched the austerity of
Republican Rome: soups made of grains, milk, cheese, fresh or
dried fruit, and perhaps a bit of bacon.
As the empire expanded and new sources
of food became available, soups and cereals were replaced by
breads and meats — for those who could afford such
Sources: A Taste of Ancient Rome, by Ilaria Gozzini Giacosa
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