King Quince, Abbess of Olives, Lentil the Housekeeper and other fruit & veg: nutrition in the times of the Byzantium
A series of three workshops will start this October at the school of Vamvakou. The reason; The historical link of the village with Mystras and, thus, Byzantium.
First stop in this journey is the acquaintance of children with nutrition in byzantine times and how this is connected to the art of ceramics. Through the synthetical electronic presentation, students follow the eating habits and choices of the Byzantines, as depicted through excavation findings, murals, texts and miniature manuscripts.
Extensive, illustrated material and scientifically substantiated/documented analysis reveal nutrition in Byzantium, the raw materials, their places of origin and the trade activity. Aided by authentic copies of vessels, we get acquainted with the process of making storage jars and tableware with clay. The workshop is concluded with a hands-on activity, where students will have the chance to create their own copies with cold clay by applying techniques used by ceramists.