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VOX: Ancient Romans had disgusting condiments. Here’s a recipe.


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We recently wrote this article on how some ancient roman kids were trying to escape the destruction of Pompeii carrying quite a lot of fish sauce, called ‘garum’. Now VOX have put together this video clip describing the process of making this popular ancient sauce, ‘the roman ketchup’.

Garum was an ancient Roman fish sauce that was surprisingly common. Though it had many different recipes (and terms), ancient writers referenced it often, and the Roman empire was dotted with garum factories. Vox’s Phil Edwards made one of the variations of garum (and got his hands dirty in the process).