You feeling a bit peckish? Or have you stuffed yourself silly over the past few days and are having to hold in your breath when you do your jeans up...
If you'd been a guest at the table of the teenage Emperor Heliogabalus you'd not have wanted for a tasty tit-bit or three...he reigned in about 220 ce...
For just one dinner he served to his guests, the table groaned under the weight of...venison , pork ,swans , shellfish ,chickens ,hare , goose ,cranes ,swordfish ,magpies , goats , acorns ,mutton ,porpoise, and snails fattened on milk until they were so huge they couldn't get back into their shells...there was some lettuce and asparagus as well.
But that was just the main course...there were tasty titbits as well just in case you hadn't eaten enough and were still hungry...parrots heads, larks tongues, dormice...poor little things were fattened up in small earthenware pots...sow's udders, slices of conger eel which had been fed on the flesh of Christian slaves...flamingo brains and the combs of chickens.
And for pudding there were quince and small baked seabirds and cheeses and apples and sweet pastries...
In case you are wondering just where did they put all this food...they made themselves vomit throughout the course of the dinner so they could just keep on eating...
So you can have another mince pie or a slice of turkey with a clear conscience...you aren't greedy in the least!