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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

is the temporary abstinence from all food for ritual, ascetic, or medicinal purposes. Alien to Roman practice, it was rare in Greek cult, where feasting was more central than fasting. The Greeks, who used the meat of sacrificial animals, amongst other foodstuffs, as offerings to the gods and as meals for human worshippers (... ...

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