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Wine and Words in Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages

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The subject of "Wine and Words" is the central role that wine plays in the literature, history and religion of classical and mediaeval Europe. It examines myths and legends about the origins of viticulture; great drinkers; women and wine; the mixing of wine and water; and ideas of "old" and "new" wine. Although the final chapter and the epilogue look at the development of methods of storage, from classical amphora to modern bottle, the book is generally arranged thematically rather than chronologically in a ...

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United Kingdom 2004 Hardcover New 071563223X. FLAWLESS COPY, BRAND NEW, PRISTINE, NEVER OPENED-224 pages; 6 x 9 inches--The subject of Wine and Words is the central role that ... wine plays in the literature, history and religion of classical and medieval Europe. Drawing on original sources from the Bible to Chaucer and Dunbar, Hanneke Wilson examines myths and legends about the origins of viticulture; drunkenness and moderation; women and wine; the mixing of wine and water, and ideas of ?old' and ?new' wine. The drunkenness of Noah, the cult of Dionysus, the ancient Romans' ban on women drinking wine, the drinking habits of Alexander the Great---these are some of the fascinating topics covered in this thematically arranged book. Finally, the final chapter and the Epilogue look at the development of methods of preservation and storage of wine, from the classical amphora to the modern bottle. Wherever possible, sources are examined in their original languages (mainly Greek and Latin), but English translations a Read more Show Less

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Overview

The subject of "Wine and Words" is the central role that wine plays in the literature, history and religion of classical and mediaeval Europe. It examines myths and legends about the origins of viticulture; great drinkers; women and wine; the mixing of wine and water; and ideas of "old" and "new" wine. Although the final chapter and the epilogue look at the development of methods of storage, from classical amphora to modern bottle, the book is generally arranged thematically rather than chronologically in a method based on close reading and rhetorical analysis. Wherever possible, sources are examined in their original language (mainly Greek and Latin) but English translations are supplied throughout, making this book accessible to both scholar and general reader.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780715632239
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/24/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Hanneke Wilson is a freelance wine writer and consultant to John Armit Wines. She has contributed articles to The Oxford Companion to Wine (edited by Jancis Robinson) and trains the Oxford University wine tasting team.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Origins
2. Drunkenness, Disapproval and the Battle of the Sexes
3. Excess and Moderation
4. Wine, Water and Song
5. Old and New Wine Epilogue: Conoisseurship Notes Index of Principal Texts Discussed General Index

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