2019-03-13, 05:36 AM (ISO 8601)
Re: Drink only beer for 46 days, no food?
Greek wine is generally shown being mixed with water directly before the banquet starts. However, I can't tell with certainty if this is just a way to amplify the depiction of the feasting, and it's also generally done by rich people or for very large gatherings; so I don't know how long a humble labourer would have needed to finish his wine mixed with water. I also don't know how well it would have kept if mixed with water and left there for a week or two.
Originally Posted by Erloas
BTW, I earlier said that Ulysses's companions drank pure wine, but it's actually a mistake. The translation I was reading added a word that means "pure" or, less literally, "good", which isn't in the original text. Interestingly enough, Homer there uses a word for wine (methu) that is related to mead.
Originally Posted by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955