A History of the World in Six Glasses
Written by: The beautiful Jack Liu
1. Describe the origins of wine and evidence of this.
The earliest physical evidence of wine was in 5400 BCE, with residue found in a pottery jar from Hajji Tepe. Hajji Tepe is a Neolithic village located in the Zagros Mountains.
2. Describe how the Greeks distinguished themselves from the “non-civilized.” The Greeks distinguished themselves from the non-civilized in many ways. For example, the uncivilized would drink beer, which was considered lowly and unsophisticated. Even if some people drank wine, it was not in a manner that was with Greek approval. That includes not mixing beer with water. The Greeks always drank wine mixed with water to not become drunk so easily. They also did that to clean the water because wine contained natural antibacterial agents made during fermentation. 3. Describe what is meant by the following quote and provide evidence. “Wine was Wealth’ “Wine was wealth” means that wine was an accurate representation of one’s wealth and status. For example, property-owning classes in Athens were categorized based on their vineyard holdings. Also, wine made Greece and people rich. One of Greece’s major exports included wine. Another example is that farmers could earn 20x more cultivating vines opposed to growing grain. Finally, wine was portrayed on coins in Greece. 4. Describe the symposium
a. What was it?
The symposium was a formal drinking party in Greece. They were venues for playful but adversarial discussion. Having this reminded the Greeks on how civilized they were. b. How was it ritualistic?
The symposium was ritualistic. One example of that was sometimes after the symposium was the komos. It was a ritual where members of a drinking group (hetaireia) would go onto the streets to show how strong and tightly bonded the group was. c. How did it illustrate Greek culture?
The symposium illustrated Greek culture because it was a place where they could show...
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