The Mycenaeans more than 3,000 years ago, used portable grill pits to make souvlaki and non-stick pans to make bread, new cooking experiments suggest.

Ancient Greeks Used Portable Grills at Their Picnics

The ancient Mycenaeans have a reputation as palace-builders and warriors, but they were also quite sophisticated cooks. More than years ago, they used portable grill pits to make souvlaki and non-stick pans to make bread, new cooking experiments suggest.

Ancient Agora Museum (Athens). Pot and brazier (6th/4th century BC) exhibited in the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens, housed in the Stoa of Attalus.

Pot and brazier century BC) exhibited in the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens, housed in the Stoa of Attalus.

In Greek and Roman mythology, the son of Apollo and the nymph Cyrene, Aristaeus, is believed to have been born in Libya. He later traveled to Thebes, where he received instruction from the Muses in the arts of healing and prophecy. Aristaeus is credited with introducing the cultivation of bees and cheese making. He is also regarded as the protector of herdsmen and hunters. Photo: Beehive used as Child’s tomb. Classical Hellenistic Period, Eritria.

Classical Hellenistic Period, Eritria, beehive used as Child’s tomb

Ancient Greek brazier and casserole, 6th/4th century BC, exhibited in the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens, housed in the Stoa of Attalus

Ancient Greek casserole and brazier, century BC, exhibited in the Ancient Agora Museum in Athens, housed in the Stoa of Attalus Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, November 9

Scene in a bakery. A cycle of women at work, one is holding small breads, two others are kneading, another is occupied with the oven fire. (Clay group from an unknown Argive workshop, 530-520 BC. Athens, National Archaeological Museum)

Scene in a bakery. A cycle of women at work, one is holding small breads, two…

Byzantine chafing dish with cut-work decoration, dating from the 10th/11th century Ancient Agora Museum (Athens)

Byzantine chafing dish with cut-work decoration, dating from the century Ancient Agora Museum (Athens)

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