"The outer flesh from the victims was now roasted and drawn off the spits, portions were carved for all, and they began their sumptuous feast"
Sacrifice scene. Red-figure krater, ca.430–20 BC
Creative Commons AttributionSacrifice scene. Red-figure krater, ca.430–20 BC - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons

Once the sacrificial animal had been killed, the meat was cooked. The thigh bones, wrapped in fat with some of the flesh, were burnt as an offering, the smoke rising up to the gods. Sometimes omens might be read in the smoke or in the entrails of the animal. Finally, the remaining meat was roasted on spits and skewers before being served up as a feast.