IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 121: The Town and the River: Water and Health - Food Preparation and Water Supply

Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Marta Caroscio, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Moderator/Chair:Maureen Mellor, Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford
Paper 121-aWater and Wine on the Table: From Medical Practice to Practical Use
(Language: English)
Marta Caroscio, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Marta Caroscio, Dipartimento di Storia, Archeologia, Geografia, Arte e Spettacolo, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archives and Sources, Art History - General
Paper 121-bThe Missing River: Siena and the Use of Underground Water
(Language: English)
Elena Brizio, Department of History, Georgetown University, Fiesole
Elena Brizio, Department of History, Georgetown University, Fiesole
Index terms: Administration, Archives and Sources
Abstract

The role of water in food preparation and in drinking underlie its quality and purity. The humoral disposition is relevant also in connection to the times of the day refreshments were served. Supply is central to guarantee freshness and purity. Was water ‘safe’? How was it supplied? This panel will explore topics ranging from town regulation, to medical practice related to the role of water in food preparation and consumption, considering the economic and social life in two medieval towns: Siena (a town without a river) and Florence (a town built around a river).