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March 26th, 2014
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Roman bread stamps?
This article about a beautifully preserved loaf of bread from Pompeii, mentions"a Roman bread stamp, which bakeries were required to use in order to mark the source of the loaves, and to prevent fraud", but I haven't been able to find out anything about the regulations or how bread stamps were supposed to keep the bread supply honest. Anybody know?
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Date:March 26th, 2014 05:03 pm (UTC)
You stamped your bread and baked it in a communal oven. When the authorities did spot checks, to see if you were providing the proper weight of bread for the price, if a loaf came up short, they could see who had made it and penalize that person. (Penalties were extreme -- usually fines -- so many bakers instituted the practice of giving a baker's dozen -- an extra piece of brad -- to guarantee they didn't come up short.)
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Date:March 26th, 2014 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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