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Overview

This volume presents contemporary evidence scientific, archaeological, botanical, textual, and historical for major revisions in our understanding of winemaking in antiquity. Among the subjects covered are the domestication of the Vinifera grape, the wine trade, the iconography of ancient wine, and the analytical and archaeological challenges posed by ancient wines. The essayists argue that wine existed as long ago as 3500 BC, almost half a millennium earlier than experts believed.
Discover named these findings among the most important in 1991. Featuring the work of 23 internationally known scholars and writers, the book offers the first wide ranging treatment of wine in the early history of western Asia and the Mediterranean. Comprehensive and accessible while providing full documentation, it is sure to serve as a catalyst for future research.

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Wine East
It is impossible to begin to describe the riches of this book...a major contribution to wine literature...recommended without reservation to anyone with an interest in grapes and wine in the past.
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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface
Introduction: The Making of a Unique Conference, Its Accomplishments, and an Agenda for the Future
Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Ancient Sayings About Wine 1
1 Wine: The Food with Two Faces 9
2 The Domestication of the Grapevine Vitis Vinefera L. in the Near East 23
3 The Origin and Domestication of the Vinifera Grape 31
4 The Archaeological Evidence for Winemaking, Distribution, and Consumption at Proto-Historic Godin Tepe, Iran 45
5 The Analytical and Archaeological Challenge of Detecting Ancient Wine: Two Case Studies from the Ancient Near East 57
6 An Enologist's Commentary on Ancient Wines 67
7 The Analysis of Wine and Other Organics Inside Amphoras of the Roman Period 79
8 Fourth Millennium B.C. Trade in Greater Mesopotamia: Did It Include Wine? 89
9 Wine and the Vine in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Cuneiform Evidence 97
10 Searching for Wine in the Archaeological Record of Ancient Mesopotamia of the Third and Second Millennia B.C. 123
11 Viniculture and Ancient Anatolia 133
12 The Imagery of the Wine Bowl: Wine in Assyria in the Early First Millennium B.C. 175
13 The Earliest History of Wine and Its Importance in Ancient Egypt 197
14 Egyptian Wine Production During the New Kingdom 215
15 "Canaanite Jars" and the Late Bronze Age Aegeo-Levantine Wine Trade 233
16 Palaeoethnobotanical Finds of Vitis from Greece 255
17 Wine and Viticulture in the Linear A and B Texts of the Bronze Age Aegean 269
18 Empty Cups and Empty Jugs: The Social Role of Wine in Minoan and Mycenaean Societies 287
19 The Beginnings of Grape Cultivation and Wine Production in Phoenician/Punic North Africa 311
20 Wine Amphoras in Ancient Greek Trade 323
Bibliograghy 339
Index 403
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