The ancient world did some seriously questionable things back in the day. Some of these things make you question the sanity of the human race. But who are we to judge, there was also a time that we wore denim on denim. *shudders*
Check out these 5 Incredible (and somewhat questionable) Ancient World Facts about wine:
The phrase “To One’s Health” when drinking comes from Ancient Greece
The host of the party would drink the first cup of wine to show his guests it was not poisoned, nor did he intend to poison them. So, “To One’s Health!”
Bumping glasses and saying “cheers” comes from Ancient Rome and is hardly a friendly gesture.
This method was used and especially by important officials to make sure no one was trying to poison them. They’d bump glasses hard enough to make the drink spill from one cup to the other. Apparently the whole “poisoning people” thing was a big problem back then. Keep your drinks close, friends.
Maybe wine isn’t as “holy” as we think it is.
In the whole Biblical Old Testament, the only book that has no reference to the vine or wine is the Book of Jonah.
Steal: get your hand cut off. Sell fake wine: Get drowned.
The Code of Hammurabi (1800 B.C.) includes a law that punishes fraudulent wine sellers by drowning them in a river.
Romans self-poisoned themselves for the sake of preserving wine.
Romans discovered that mixing lead with wine helped preserve it, and also gave it a sweet taste and succulent texture.
Side note: The symptoms of lead poisoning were not known at the time and it has often been cited as one of the causes of the decline of the Roman Empire.
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