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Rare VS Rarity + and VS with

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Rare VS Rarity + and VS with

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The diet of the ordinary Greek in classical times was largely vegetarian-vegetables, fresh cheese, oatmeal, and meal cakes, and meat rarely.

(A) and meat rarely
(B) and meat was rare
(C) with meat as rare
(D) meat a rarity
(E) with meat as a rarity

Can anyone please explain option C

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What is the source of this question? The grammar is all around poor. I would ignore it.

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