PRAISE FOR THE MYTHS

PRAISE FOR THE MYTHS OF THE PAST

‌By Caviar House & Carpet Club: In The 2nd Century

Claudius Aelianus, a Greek rhetorician, praised the Beluga of the Danube in an account of his travels, extolling its size. When pulling up the nets the fish was caught in, it was necessary to use oxen and horses.

The value of the sturgeon was already very high in ancient Athens, some writings report that an amphora of sturgeon pieces was worth as much as an animal slaughter, in other words, 100 sheep or a bull to be sacrificed to the gods.

In the 4th century BC, Aristotle considered it “scrumptious”; Cicero highlights the very expensive cost of the sturgeon and Ovid praises the delicate flavor.

In the 3rd century Pliny the Elder describes how the sturgeon was decorated with flowers and garlands and presented at banquets to the sound of trumpets and flutes, it was in fact a delicacy for parties and banquets.