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Athenäos

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) comedically describes the banquet of 24 famous scholars and lawyers in ancient Rome, including the famous doctor Galen (129-216), the others are fictional characters. You can learn a lot about the eating and drinking habits at that time. Athenäos mainly describes the Roman wines popular at that time and praised those that tasted best after 15 to 20 years Falernum (in a sweet and dry version); the Caecubum is judged by him as no longer in demand. He also wrote a work on war machines. See also under Ancient wines and Ancient grape varieties,

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