Aristophanes and stable isotopes: A taste for freshwater fish in Classical Thebes (Greece)?

E. Vika*, V. Aravantinos, M. P. Richards

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Stable isotopes in skeletons indicate changes in diet, and a sample of humans fromClassical Thebes showed an unexpected increase in nitrogen values - usually associated with increased access to protein. But from what and how? After considering the possible sources of meat, milk and manure, the authors highlight the contribution of freshwater fish, and find support in Aristophanes - where the citizens are heard clamouring for the eels of Lake Kopais.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1076-1083
Number of pages8
Issue number322
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009


  • Aristophanes
  • Classical period
  • Diet
  • Eels
  • Fish
  • Greece
  • Stable isotopes
  • Thebes

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