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George Gale

As a matter of fact, ye Olde Greeks kept sheep and goats. Greek agronomy was much too poor in nutrients/crops to support a thriving cattle industry. Can't imagine why Plato ignored this fundamental, basic fact. Beef would have been a supremely luxury item. And I suspect there was a bias against pork in the diet--think back to ancient menus in Greece: is pork ever mentioned at, e.g., banquets? Not so far as I know.

Food for thoght, perhaps, but not for the belly, this discussion.

David Duffy

Yes, pigs are less mobile, less heat tolerant and requiring more water than sheep (more suited to nomadism), so associated with sedentary subsistence and city lifestyles. Famously regarded as unclean, but very heterogenously. I read that most meat in Ancient Greece was sacrificed first - cattle are the most expensive sacrifice, and pig bones are less common in sanctuaries.

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