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  • Correus
    Aug 2, 2010
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      Possible, but 'clay eaters' was typically used as a derogatory term for slaves.

      Correus

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      From: jdm314@... <jdm314@...>
      Subject: Re: [Apicius] OT- "Dirt Eaters"
      To: Apicius@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Monday, August 2, 2010, 8:21 PM







       









      I've not seen "clay eaters" before either, but there's little enough difference between "dirt" and "clay" that perhaps that is what you're thinking of?



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      From: Correus <correus@...>

      To: Apicius@yahoogroups.com

      Sent: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 7:13 pm

      Subject: Re: [Apicius] OT- "Dirt Eaters"



      I've also heard them use 'clay eaters' for slaves.



      Hmmm....wonder what I'm thinking of. I know it had to have something to do with Sumeria.



      Correus



      --- On Mon, 8/2/10, jdm314@... <jdm314@...> wrote:



      From: jdm314@... <jdm314@...>

      Subject: Re: [Apicius] OT- "Dirt Eaters"

      To: Apicius@yahoogroups.com

      Date: Monday, August 2, 2010, 7:04 PM



      I don't recall ever hearing such a thing.



      The Egyptians seem to have derogatorily referred to the Nubians as "gum eaters" though.



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      From: Correus <correus@...>



      To: Apicius@yahoogroups.com



      Sent: Mon, Aug 2, 2010 4:57 pm



      Subject: [Apicius] OT- "Dirt Eaters"



      Hello Everyone -



      I am recently read 'Dawn of Empire' and am currently reading 'Empire Rising', both by Sam Barone.



      In these books he calls the Mesopotamian farmers and villagers "Dirt Eaters". I tend to recall this being slang for ancient farmers but can't seem to find the reference for it.



      Am I correct or am I going daft? Anyone know id this is indeed slang for farmers?



      Correus



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