Xenophon’s beer experience in Armenia

Long before Alexander the Great succesfully annexed the Persian Empire there was a first Greek invasion in the year 401 B.C. Although the mission of the Greek mercenaries to help Cyrus the Younger on the Persian throne failed, since he was killed in a battle, the adventure was documented by the Greek general Xenophon. In…

Cleopatra VII, ‘Lady of Drunkenness’

All through history it seems drinking was mainly a hobby of men. Sure, women of lower classes could hit the bottle too, but in most cultures and societies it wasn’t very ladylike to get absolutely smashed. Unless you’re the queen of Egypt of course, a culture that was quite fond of drinking. Cleopatra VII was…