The rich and the poor were not very different. The rich usually ate more meat because it was expensive. Does that sound like today? Well the rich would also drink more wine because it was considered more elegant. Like you know, fancier. The poor on the other hand also ate meat, but they did not have it nearly as often. the ate more fish and vegetables. They all lived off of beer and bread though. The poor ate most of the meat that they had on special occasions.