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.
27 Jun 2011
- From the section Entertainment & Arts