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The Greek writer Athenäos (also Athenaios) was born in the Egyptian city of Naukratis and lived towards the end of the 2nd and beginning of the 3rd century AD. His 15-volume, only partially preserved work "Deiphnosophistai" (banquet of the scholars) comically describes the feast of 24 famous scholars and lawyers in ancient Rome, including the famous doctor Galen (129-216), the others are fictional characters. You learn a lot about the then eating and drinking habits. Athenäos describes above all the popular at that time Roman wines and praises the only after 15 to 20 years, the best tasting Falernum (in sweet and dry version); the Caecubum is judged by him to be no longer in demand. He also wrote a work on war machines. See also below Ancient wines and Antique grape varieties,

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