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Headword: Οἴνου πιεῖν
Adler number: omicroniota,136
Translated headword: to drink of wine
Vetting Status: high
"Those of the doctors who came forward were urging [someone?] to drink of wine; for, trusting in their craft, they were maintaining that in this depends whether man is in good health or not."[1]
"For could you find anything more useful than wine?" In the Homeric [phrase]: 'when a man is weary with toil, wine will greatly increase his force'. Herodotus says the Persians rule in accordance to this model: if they introduce any proposal when sober, they deliberate about it drunk; but if they introduce [it] drunk, this they confirm when sober.[2]
"Of wine, he said, I drink as much as I pour to the sun." [This] says Poros, king of the Indians.[3]
Greek Original:
Οἴνου πιεῖν. οἱ προσιόντες τῶν ἰατρῶν ἐκέλευον οἶνον πιεῖν: τὸ γάρ τοι σεσῶσθαι ἢ μὴ τὸν ἄνθρωπον, ἐν τούτῳ ἔφασκον ἄρα ἐκεῖνοι τῇ τέχνῃ πίσυνοι. οἴνου γὰρ εὕροις ἄν τι πρακτικώτερον; παρὰ τὸ Ὁμηρικόν: ἀνδρὶ δὲ κεκμηῶτι μένος μέγα οἶνος ἀέξει. Ἡρόδοτος δὲ λέγει Πέρσας τοῦτον κρατεῖν τὸν τύπον: εἰ μὲν οὖν εἰσηγήσαιντό τινα νήφοντες, βουλεύεσθαι περὶ τούτου ἐν μέθῃ: εἰ δὲ εἰσηγήσαιντο ἐν μέθῃ, τοῦτο κυροῦν νήφοντας. οἴνου, ἔφη, τοσοῦτον πίνω, ὅσον τῷ ἡλίῳ σπένδω. ὁ Πῶρός φησιν, ὁ Ἰνδῶν βασιλεύς.
[1] Aelian fr. 182a Domingo-Forasté (179 Hercher).
[2] Aristophanes, Knights 91 (cf. epsiloniota 262), with scholion; in the course of the latter, Homer, Iliad 6.621 is quoted and Herodotus 1.133 cited.
[3] Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana 2.26; cf. pi 2180.
Keywords: biography; comedy; epic; food; geography; historiography; medicine; religion; rhetoric
Translated by: Michiel Cock on 11 July 2005@03:11:11.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified aspects of translation; augmented notes and keywords) on 11 July 2005@04:32:35.
Catharine Roth (updated reference in note 1, coding) on 9 October 2012@01:36:59.
David Whitehead on 7 August 2013@06:39:16.


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