‘Sweet and Delicious, he who Tastes it will Go Back to it’ : Food, Memory and Religion in the Roman Middle East. / Kamash, Zena.

In: Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, 03.10.2018, p. 1-15.

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‘Sweet and Delicious, he who Tastes it will Go Back to it’ : Food, Memory and Religion in the Roman Middle East. / Kamash, Zena.

In: Theoretical Roman Archaeology Journal, Vol. 1, No. 1, 03.10.2018, p. 1-15.

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