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An interesting story about poor romans

le Ven 15 Juin - 11:31
With the many wars the roman empire waged, many romans were dirt poor and couldn't afford quality food.
In the poorer suburbs of Rome and ancient roman big cities, the poor part of the population had to collect dirt or leaves to create what was called "crustulum terram", literally "dirt cookies".
Those were made with clay to calm the hunger of poor romans and allow them to concentrate on other things.
Today, these things still exist in very poor countries like Haiti.

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le Ven 15 Juin - 13:24
A shame this part of the roman empire is forgotten...
It wasn't always nice statues and temples, many were strugling to survive.
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le Lun 18 Juin - 13:16
What were these "cookies" made of ? Were they actually feeding the organism or was it just to calm the stomach ?
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le Lun 18 Juin - 13:18
ShowerMan a écrit:What were these "cookies" made of ? Were they actually feeding the organism or was it just to calm the stomach ?

The cookies were made of clay, vegetables chunks and roots mashed together. They fed the organism a little, but it was mainly to calm the hunger, as I wrote in the first post.
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le Lun 18 Juin - 13:27
I went to Haiti where I tasted those cookies. They were really not that bad, and I can see why poor people would eat them.

PS : I am also a fan of Roman History, and I see that your forum is really well researched and that you are n expert on the subject.
I didn't know these existed in modern day society and not only in Ancient Rome.
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