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Martial

The one in Bilbilis (Spanish DO area Calatayud ) born Marcus Valerius Martialis (40-102) was a Roman poet. In his frivolous ridicule poems (epigrams), which consist of 1,500 short poems in 15 books, he presented the social conditions of Rome in a critical form. Martial, however, used cautious names for the people whose vices he denounced. One example is: "If you think Acerra smells like yesterday's wine, you're wrong, because Accera always drinks until the day breaks" . He was particularly fond of grazing and boasting and often mentioned wine in this context. The new rich naturally drink the famous Opimian, a special vintage of the Falerners, Martial mocks the cult of old wine and invents a wine that does not have a consulate year and was therefore put in the cellar even before the Republic was founded.

At the end of the 13th book, 21 wines are mentioned and one with poor quality is described as follows: "Don't think that an amphora with Egyptian vinegar (acetum) is common stuff - when it was wine, it was worse ". He liked to drink wine himself and especially loved the Ceretanum, which was a wine from the Spanish city of Ceret (this is the sherry city of Jerez today). By the way, he recommends that the grapes be left on the vine until November or until they are stiff from frost. So the passum won, but could also be a conscious production of Eiswein indicate. His work later served as a role model, perhaps also for Petronius (14-66) and his famous work Satyricon, See also under drinking culture,

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