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The history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine This book is the first comprehensive and up to date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the viThe history of civilization is, in many ways, the history of wine This book is the first comprehensive and up to date account of the earliest stages of vinicultural history and prehistory, which extends back into the Neolithic period and beyond Elegantly written and richly illustrated, Ancient Wine opens up whole new chapters in the fascinating story of wine and the vine by drawing upon recent archaeological discoveries, molecular and DNA sleuthing, and the texts and art of long forgotten peoples Patrick McGovern takes us on a personal odyssey back to the beginnings of this consequential beverage when early hominids probably enjoyed a wild grape wine We follow the course of human ingenuity in domesticating the Eurasian vine and learning how to make and preserve wine some 7,000 years ago Early winemakers must have marveled at the seemingly miraculous process of fermentation From success to success, viniculture stretched out its tentacles and entwined itself with one culture after another whether Egyptian, Iranian, Israelite, or Greek and laid the foundation for civilization itself As medicine, social lubricant, mind altering substance, and highly valued commodity, wine became the focus of religious cults, pharmacopoeias, cuisines, economies, and society As an evocative symbol of blood, it was used in temple ceremonies and occupies the heart of the Eucharist Kings celebrated their victories with wine and made certain that they had plenty for the afterlife Among the colorful examples in the book is McGovern s famous chemical reconstruction of the funerary feast and mixed beverage of King Midas Some peoples truly became wine cultures When we sip a glass of wine today, we recapitulate this dynamic history in which a single grape species was harnessed to yield an almost infinite range of tastes and bouquets Ancient Wine is a book that wine lovers and archaeological sleuths alike will raise their glasses to.
Fascinating dive into the ancient origins of wine. Suffered from lack of chronology as well as assuming one is knowledgeable about the ancient world (frankly, I didn't know my neolithic from my paleolithic from my chalcolithic). Still, a worthy and interesting read.
nhwvejournal/1126010ml[return][return]a survey of recent findings in archaeology about early wine-making. McGowan concludes that grapes were first domesticated for wine-making in eastern Turkey or the south Caucasus (certainly my Georgian friends would agree, and would be a bit more specific). We wander around Mesopotamia, Persia, Egypt, the Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, using the latest analytical techniques to try and pin down places of production and trade routes. The extent of the wi [...]
There's some interesting tidbits here and there in the book. It also looks like a good starting point for someone interested in the history of alcoholic drinks. Also anyone interested in the history of the ancient world might be interested in. There's a couple of drawbacks though:[return][return]1) The book feels disorganized. You find yourself leaping from time period to time period and place to place.[return][return]2) Toward the very end of the book all the sudden there's maps which would hav [...]
Though dense, technical and scholastic - I wonder if this a research paper or a combination / elaboration of several - this is an interesting, in-depth look at the archaeological evidence for wine and how it relates to culture, religion and myth. The book does a good job of explaining what archaeological evidence can tell us and why, while cautioning against assumptions based in legend and secondhand accounts. A master timeline would have been useful to keep track of events.
Did you know that as soon as ceramics were invented, people in Mesopotamia were storing wine in pottery vessels? This was going on by 5500 BC in Mesopotamia. Those vessels were also specialised to prevent the entry of oxygen, so people already knew a lot about wince. Learn about the evidence for this and much more as McGovern walks you through the origins of wine in a thoroughly readable manner. I really enjoyed this book, and can recommend it without hesitation.
Un gran libro para todos aquellos curiosos o interesados en la historia, los orígenes de la viticultura. Escrito con profundidad y rigor pero con un lenguaje muy divulgativo para hacerlo accesible a cualquiera.
Indispensable work for anyone interested in ancient wine.