Wine has been made by almost every civilization throughout history, in every part of the world.
It has played a part in religious ceremonies, from Dionysus and Bacchus in Ancient Greece and Rome to the Catholic Eucharist and the Jewish Kiddush; it has inspired artists, thinkers, writers and poets through the ages; has been used as a medicine by the healing professions; and has served as a pleasant relaxant for countless generations.
Yet overindulgence causes drunkenness and bad behaviour, and this has led to both spirited condemnation and joyful justification of its consumption.
Wine can make you philosophical or stupid; it can heal wounds or damage health; it can bring society together or rend it apart.
In Wine: A Cultural History John Varriano takes us on a tour of wine's history, revealing the polarizing effect wine has had on society and culture through the ages.
From its origins in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to the growing industry in the new world today, Varriano examines how wine is made, and how it has been used in rituals, revelries and remedies throughout history. He investigates wine's transformative effects on body and soul in art, literature and science around the world, from the mosaics of ancient Rome to the paintings of Caravaggio, Bosch and Manet.
This book will delight all those who like a glass of Pinot Noir with their dinner, as well as those who are interested in the rich history of human creativity and consumption.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 280 pages, 88 colour illustrations, 17 black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Reaktion Books
- Publication Date: 01/11/2010
- Category: Food & society
- ISBN: 9781861897909