M. Rostovtzeff, The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World (Oxford, 1941), p. 1177. He also notes in the same work, “Of much less importance—if of any—was the trade in meat. This was a luxury in the Greek diet, and we very seldom hear of salted or dried meat” (p. 1254). Fresh meat was cheap and readily available only on the occasion of great feasts, when the priests had to sell their surplus quickly or see it go bad. Hence, the problem of “food offered to idols” with which Paul had to deal in 1 Corinthians 8–10.