Booze, Barbarism and… Beeswax
GC-MS analysis of ancient Celtic drinking vessels paints a colorful picture of life in BCE Europe
Matthew Hallam | | Quick Read
So-called “consumption practices” were an integral part of early Celtic life. We know this from writings of the time – some of which describe the abuse of one particular consumable: alcoholic beverages. For example, Diodorus Siculus of ancient Greece apparently documented first-hand experience of this boozey buffoonery in his Bibliotheca historica: “The Gauls (Celts) are exceedingly addicted to the use of wine… and since they partake of this drink without moderation by reason of their craving for it, when they are drunken they fall into a stupor or a state of madness” (1).
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