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fire of Hestia and "cleaned" it by baptizing it inside a basin, containing warm water, brought from the Kalliroi’s fountain. The first child would take the name of the grandfather or grandmother from the father’s side. The names with the suffix –ippos revealed classy descent. A gala dinner in the "atrium" of the house near the altar of Zeus Erkeiou would follow. After the “amphidromia” and the tenth, his mother remained at home as still was thought of being unclean. (311). Her Cleansing was 40 days postpartum, with a happy, homely feast (Tesserakostaion).

THE FOOD-LUNCHES, DINNERS, BANQUETS At noon it was the “ariston”, a light simple lunch, in the afternoon the "esperisma" and the most important meal was the "dinner" at the end of the day. An important place in the food was held by the cereals, wheat and barley. They ground them to flour and made bread and biscuits. The wheat bread "artos", round in shape, was preferred for the formal celebrations. Any other kind of food that came with the meal was called "opson": greens, onions, garlic, cheese, olives, meat, fish, seafood, fresh or dried fruit and sweets with honey. Women cooked in the house, usually the slaves, but there were professional cooks and confectioners. In the Greek comedies, the persona of the cook is a typical liar, thief and a talkative eater. During the meal the host was laying in a bed, the wife was sitting on a stool and the children were standing or sitting on stools according to the family ritual. The members of the family do not appear in the formal banquets. The banquets were held in special halls or in the house of hetaerae. The food was light and the guests focused to the companionship and to the discussions. Hospitality and good manners were of essence in everyday life. Each guest could invite anyone he wanted and he would be accepted graciously by the host. The household organizing the banquet held its doors wide open and the slaves collected the shoes of the guests and wash and perfumed their feet. There would be a tour of the household where the furniture and ornaments were praised. Guests would sit two on a bed and servants would bring water for hand washing. A small table with the foods would then be placed in front of the bed. They did not use forks or knives, there were spoons but they preferred taking their food with their hands or with the crust of the bread, for this reason the food was served finely chopped. They were whipping their hands with bread. In the first part of the meal fish poultry and meat was served. Greens were served with oil, vinegar and honey. The servants were bringing water and the quests were washing their hands. Wine was served after the food, with the desert, fresh and dried nuts, cheese, garlic, onions and both sweet and savory pies. This part of the meal was the symposium. They were drinking wine, talking and listening to music. The discussions should be pleasant. Storytelling and riddles were frequent. Many times professional singers or actors were invited. Anyone knowing how to play


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