Last week when people around the world celebrated #GreekDinner via Twitter, I thought about my Byzantine princess from the 12th century. She grew up in the great palace in Constantinople, and there was a banquet room there called the Hall of the 19 couches. I don’t know exactly what it looked like except that everyone ate in the old Roman style, semi-reclined on a couch and that the dishes & platters were solid gold. They were so heavy that servants had to lower them to the table from above.