Archive for March 2nd, 2012
Airport restaurateur and Iron Chef Cat Cora will have the honor of christening Oceania Cruises’ new “upper-premium” ship, Riviera. The ship is “designed for epicureans” (feast your eyes upon the on-board Bon Appétit Culinary Center). It also just so happens to have docking plans for “many of the countries” featured on Cora’s new Bravo show, Around The World In 80 Plates. The ship will be toasted with a 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin champagne in Barcelona in May. [MarketWatch]
Alcohol and alcohol abuse are not just modern plagues. Beer and other the fermented beverage and the problems associated with it have been recorded in the tablets of history, dating as far back as the ancient Sumerians and perhaps even further. There is some evidence that claims that an alcohol made from berries or honey existed even in the Neolithic period. It is no wonder that there are centers today that help those suffering from an addiction to alcohol receive alcohol detox and rehab.
Ancient murals devoted to rulers and deities depict elaborate wine jugs. The Discovery of Neolithic fermented beverage containers are also evidence that alcohol consumption is not a modern plague. The worship of such deities as Osiris and Dionysius was also prevalent throughout ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
Views On Consumption
Alcohol has been used for centuries in secular and religious practices. However, numerous accounts of the ancient periods also stressed the importance of moderation. A sentiment society still stresses today. Ancient Egyptians didn’t necessarily believe that being inebriated was a problem; they did however frown upon taverns and excessive drinking. The same with the Greeks and Romans although wine and alcohol flowed freely, and there was no issue with inebriation at festivals, excessive alcohol consumption didn’t seem to be a problem. At the end of the day, the only way to beat alcohol addiction is with alcohol detox.
From Neolithic practices to practices today wine and alcohol are featured in religious rites. The wine gods and goddesses of the ancient times were widely celebrated in festivals such as Bacchanalia. These practices can still be found today. Modern pagan practices celebrate rituals with the eating of bread and drinking of ale. Some sects of Christianity offer wine at their rites as well.
Although early ancient believes regarding alcohol consumption stressed the idea of moderation and temperance, the Greeks and Romans along with Macedonians blatantly accepted intemperance. There were many followers of the cult of Dionysius who was the god of wine. Wine was viewed as a blessing from the God and was celebrated vehemently.
Any jaunt on a college campus on a Friday or Saturday night will find plenty of drinking games, beer pong, beer battle ship, drinking card games, the list goes on. These however are not new ideas. They have been practiced since the early Roman period. One such drinking game included the drinking of as many cups of alcohol as possible at the throw of a dice.
From the Sumerians to the Romans ideals surrounding alcohol continuously varied. Some periods discussed the virtue of temperance and moderation while others memorialized the intemperance of alcohol. Prominent men throughout history were either honored for their temperance such as Julius Caesar or were widely praised for their drunken ruling practices. Even as Christianity shifted thoughts, the prevalence of alcohol in rituals continued.
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