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Fish viewed as 'luxury goods' in ancient Greece

When a class system sprang up around the introduction of expensive fish in ancient Greece, the food source became one of the earliest recorded "luxuries".

Dr Michael Scott pin-pointed key moments that have defined the history of luxury in a new series for BBC Four, Luxury in Ancient Greece and the Middle Ages.

He said the introduction of fish as a luxury item saw the creation of the insult "fish lover", which meant if "you had a liking for very expensive fish the implication was you were probably morally corrupt".

Luxury in Ancient Greece: Nothing in Excess? is on BBC Four Monday 27 June 2100 BST.