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Viticulture and Brewing in the Ancient Orient

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A study of viticulture and brewing from the beginning of historic time down to the wine-prohibition of Muhammed.

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A study of viticulture and brewing from the beginning of historic time down to the wine-prohibition of Muhammed.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781429010429
  • Publisher: Applewood Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Cooking in America Series
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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Henry Frederick Lutz, was Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology and Associate Curator of the Anthropological Museum at the University of California, Berkeley.

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A century ago little was known about the ancient Near East, and that little had been transmitted by unreliable hands; moreover, most of it came from a time which itself was much later than the period in which the ancient Oriental nations played an all-important role. Only a few decades ago the whole of Western Asia and Egypt were like an immense field of ruins lying in impenetrable silence, and the little we knew about it came from the pen of a few Greek and Roman writers, who on account of their foreign way of thinking, lack of familiarity with the psychology of the Oriental and their inability to master the Oriental languages were little fitted to become absolutely safe guides. They understood only that which was similar to their own culture. The treasures of Babylonia, Assyria, Asia Minor, Syria and Arabia had. been hidden away by fate; and Egypt had already undergone a process of decay when the Greeks entered that country and wrote down their cursory notices about the land and its people. There were only fragments miserable fragments by which posterity could behold the ancient world. ... The following pages purport to place together the most important, but by no means the entire, material which has come to light regarding the viticulture and brewing in the ancient Orient, material which to a large degree can at best be found only isolated in the respective literatures (Introduction).

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