Pizza's secret past

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Who doesn't love cheesy dough? More than 5 billion pizzas are devoured every year. 

Pizza has been around for thousands of years, but modern pizza didn't debut until the late 1800s. 

Curious? Read on for pizza history. Pizza has a long history. 

Persian troops baked cheese-&-date-topped flatbreads on their battle shields in the 6th century BC. 

Ancient Greeks ate plakous, a flatbread with herbs, onion, cheese, & garlic. 

In the ancient Mediterranean world, flatbreads like focaccia, Greek pitta, lepinja in the Balkans, & manakish in the Levant are mentioned. 

Virgil's Aeneid, books 3 & 4, mention something similar pizza around 19 BC. Celaeno, the Greek Harpy queen, said the Trojans wouldn't find rest until they ate. 

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