Zachary Logeson

Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Rea

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"Research allows me to explore an area of interest not covered in any class offered at UF. The best part of research is the freedom to explore topics of my own choosing."

Major

Classical Studies

Minor

Athletic Training

Research Interests

  • Classical History, Language, and Literature
  • Injury Prevention Techniques

Academic Awards

  • Joseph Jay Deiss Memorial Scholarship (2015 - Present)
  • Wentworth Honors Scholarship (2015 - Present)
  • Anderson Scholar (2016 - Present)
  • CA Boyd Endowed Scholarship (2017 - Present)
  • University Scholars Program (2017-2018)

Organizations

  • Student Athletic Training Organization

Volunteer

  • Baptist Medical Center South
  • Wolfson Children's Hospital

Hobbies and Interests

  • Traveling
  • Scuba Diving

Research Description

Feasts and Famine: Modern Misconceptions of the Ancient Roman Diet in the Bay of Naples
There is a popular misconception of the diet of poor Romans. This belief is that the diet of the poor was unvaried and unhealthy, consisting of mostly porridge, cereals, and bread. It exists throughout all modern popular culture, from books and articles to television shows and movies. This misconception is a result of a lack of archeological and osteological evidence of the poor’s diet and the perceived dichotomy between the rich, banquet throwing, Romans and those who could not afford this luxury. Thus, it has created the false belief that those who weren’t enjoying lavish banquets were eating an unhealthy diet of little more than grains. Without substantial archeological evidence, this false belief comes from literature. Food is a popular topic in Roman satire, but its use is often misunderstood. Very recent archeological evidence from Herculaneum and Pompeii may disprove this traditional conception. The organic waste of a block of shops and apartments inhabited by poor Romans and the analysis of skeletons from Herculaneum suggest an alternative to the traditional assumption of the diet of poor Romans.