"An Apicius glories in the succession of courses"

"An Apicius" here refers to a gourmand. Roman sources refer to a man named Marcus Gavius Apicius, who lived in the first part of the 1st Century AD, and was famed for his extravagant gastronomic tastes. The name "Apicius" became attached to a series of cookery books, "De Re Coquinaria," although there is no convincing evidence that any part of these books was written by Marcus Gavius Apicius, or by anyone else of that name. It is, however, the main extant source for Roman recipes, giving an insight into the banquets that Yourcenar's Hadrian finds so tedious. An English translation is available at: