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Tastes, Places and Processes of Ancient Winemaking

08/05/202418:00 – 20:00

Senate House

Emlyn Dodd


Tastes, Places and Processes of Ancient Winemaking


Wednesday 8 May, 2024, 6-8pm

G22/26 and the Hellenic & Roman Library

Senate House WC1E 7HU


There will be opportunities throughout to – quite literally – get a taste of ancient wine, with several wines made using ancient techniques able to be tasted, connected into discussions of ancient evidence.

Wine underpinned and permeated Hellenic and Roman antiquity. It could transcend social status – drunk by the rich, poor and the spectrum between – yet also embedded hierarchy through a range of desirable and undesirable, expensive and inexpensive qualities. It was found in domestic, religious, medicinal and commercial contexts and had the potential to create enormous wealth or cause financial ruin. This lecture will combine archaeological, artistic, and historical evidence to explore Hellenic and Roman wine production, from small urban vineyards to extravagant imperial villas.

Emlyn Dodd FSA FRHistS is Lecturer in Classical Studies at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, and was Assistant Director at the British School at Rome from 2021–23. He has published extensively on ancient wine production in Greek and Roman antiquity, and he features regularly in public media.

This event is held in aid of (HARL). Owned by the Hellenic and Roman Societies and Institute of Classical Studies, this is one of the world’s greatest Classics libraries. The Societies are running a fundraising campaign to meet rising costs and to maintain and enhance the Library as part of a world class research facility for future generations:
Please consider making an additional donation to HARL here:

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