Fertility goddess Demeter, descended to earth, seeing the suffering of the people. She took the hand of a warrior goddess spear and held furrow, took the head of the goddess wreath of ears and threw in a few grains of soil. "The earth will reward you handsomely," — she admonished poor.
And was born, and the song rang wheat fields — a hymn to the joy of working people. The tiny seeds sprouted green stalks. Warm rain watered them the living water, the sun was distilled off, and the goddess gave miraculous power, pouring flowers full-weight ear.
Lengthy and complex transformations undergone and the name "bread": the ancient Greek "klipat" gothic "hlyaym" old German "hlyayb" Estonian "lyayb" pre-Slavic "hlieb" 'Russian' bread '.
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Biography of bread is amazing. 18 thousand years — a century of grains of wheat and barley, the two stone tablets for their grinding that were found near Aswan in Egypt. Account for 12 millennia hand mills found in the Upper Egypt. Windmills in the Middle East, ground grain three thousand years ago, and the water — two millennia, steam mills replaced them a century ago.
There just are not seeing the wonders of bread in the museums of the world!
During excavations in the western part of Switzerland, at the bottom of the lake that had dried, was found a subject which created a sensation among historians. It was the ancient bread in all of Europe! The Museum of Zurich, he carefully preserved in a glass case. According to specialists, six thousand years ago, someone dropped a small loaf of bread — home located on stilts over the water — and he entered with silt, preserved to this day.
The Museum of Art in New York City there is a round loaf age of 3,400 years. They found him in excavations of Egyptian mausoleum Merit-Amun. In the solidified volcanic mud flows trace of the bread of the city of Pompeii, which was destroyed about two thousand years ago by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
In the British city Frayton preserved medieval "House of white bread." Found that it was here in 1614 the UK's first baked loaf of white bread.