Articles about olive oil history
Sacred Olives: Athena’s Tree on the Acropolis
Atop the Acropolis of Athens stands an olive tree that is a symbol of hundreds of years of dedication and reverence.
Monte Testaccio: Remnants of an Ancient Trade
One of the most vivid reminders of the thriving olive oil trade in antiquity is Monte Testaccio in Rome.
Researchers Trace Mediterranean Diet’s Origin to Ancient Greek Medicine
The Mediterranean diet may have been conceived by early doctors as a form of medicinal treatment.
Traditional Olive Oil Production in Tunisia
Despite its rising place in the international ranking, Tunisian producers are still strongly tied to old traditions.
Pottery Find Proves Olive Oil Used in Israel 8,000 Years Ago
New evidence suggests olive oil was used in Israel and possibly the Mediterranean basin as early as 8,000 years ago.
Submerged Village Might Be Home to the First Olive Mills
Archaeologists are excavating a 7,500-year-old underwater village that may have been the oldest olive oil production center in the world.
Ancient Olive Oil Dealers
In ancient times, the sale of olive oil in amphorae was an activity undertaken by various types of tradesmen.
Testaccio and Olive Oil Labelling
A look at an ecological dump and what it represents, with a view to understanding the true size of olive oil production in Ancient Rome.
Origins of Domesticated Olive Tree Revealed
A new study pinpoints the transition from the wild olive trees to their cultivated descendants in time and space.
Olive Oil History: Packaging, Transportation and Sale
The main hub of oil production in ancient Baetica was centered in the Valle Medio del Guadalquivir where potter centres made the large and heavy oil amphorae to transport oil.
Plato’s Sacred Olive Tree Vanished
Another seeming victim of the great financial crisis in Greece: an olive tree that once shaded Plato and his students.
Roman ‘Olive Villas’ Unearthed in Antequera
The recent discovery of Roman villas in Antequera, Spain confirmed the region's significance in terms of olive oil production.
Ancient Ruins in Amos, Turkey
A rental agreement etched in a stone tablet from the third century BC says that the tenant must plant an olive tree every year.