“. . . it had been their custom to disperse and reassemble later to take food of an ordinary, harmless kind” (Pliny, Letters 10.96, describing the meetings of Christians in Bithynia, ca. 98 C.E.)
This ongoing seminar within the Society of Biblical Literature explores meals as a window into social and religious life in the Greco-Roman world and as a pivotal consideration in understanding early Christianity and Judaism.