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Old World Grape History
Humans have enjoyed grapes for thousands of years. The European grape is now grown worldwide.
Olive History in the New World
Olive trees are comparatively new to the New World in sharp contrast to that in the Old World..
Olive in Etrusca and Rome
Prior to the arrival of olive trees in ancient Rome, the Etruscan people grew these in some other regions of Italy.
Olive in European Life and Culture
Olive trees as well as olive groves and olives played a role in European life and culture after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Olive Tree in the Ancient Mediterranean Region
In ancient times, the olive tree played a major role in the Mediterranean area. This was true for those on ancient Crete as well as the Phoenicians, Minoans, and the Mycenae people.
Olive Tree in the Middle Ages
The olive tree played a role in human history under the eastern Roman Empire and among Christians
Olive Trees in Ancient Italy
Olive trees arrived in Italy prior to the Roman Empire. However, the empire was responsible for the spread of olive cultivation throughout the Mediterranean basin.
Olive Trees in Modern Europe
Olive trees continue to play a role in modern European life. To this day, olive oil remains an integral part of the Mediterranean diet.
Olive Use in Ancient Rome
Olive oil and olives were staples in the diet of the ancient Romans.
Olive Uses in Ancient Greece
Both olive oil and olives played important roles in the lives of the ancient Greeks.
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