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The Roman commander Lucius Licinius Lucullus (117-57 BC) was a praetor, administrator of the province of North Africa and consul. In the third Mithridian war he was commander from 74 to 72 BC and was then replaced by Pompey (106-48 BC). From this campaign he took cherry trees from Asia Minor to Rome and thus introduced this fruit, which was unknown in Europe until then. His sumptuous and luxurious banquets with exquisite and unusual wines and dishes prepared by eight chefs (Lucullan meal), in which scholars, philosophers and artists participated, have become proverbial. Lucullus particularly appreciated the wine from Savoy. He is regarded as the patron saint of the gourmands (not gourmets, but omnivores). See also under Satyricon.

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