The Alexandrian Exchange and the Four Humors
Lecture no. 6 from the course: Food: A Cultural Culinary History
Taught by Professor Ken Albala | 27 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Food & Wine Courses
Alexander’s conquests heralded an era where previously unconnected cultures mixed on a large scale. Trace the diffusion of foodstuffs over vast trade networks in the Hellenistic period. Study early dietary regimens based in Galen’s famous theory of the body’s “humors,” and the influence on food culture of philosophical schools such as the Stoics and Epicureans.