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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Numbers of Mediterranean fish vary from year to year: gluts occur, but dearth is so frequent that it is unwise to make fish protein more than a supplement to a subsistence diet. The nutritional usefulness is greatly increased by drying and salting. Even in times of glut, and assuming very favourable conditions for fishing, total yields cannot have made an important contribution to the protein needs of even small ancient populations, compared with ... ...

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