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Ep 156: Wine of Ancient Rome

Ep 156: Wine of Ancient Rome

First we hit on the Background on Roman Empire

The Roman Empire lasted from around 753 BC until 476 AD and encompassed most of Europe
The impact was far, wide, long lasting – Romans started the industry all over Europe AND they discovered winemaking practices that are still around today

Expansion of Wine

We discuss the Greeks and how they got the ball rolling with viticulture in Italy
Then we go over the conquest of Europe by the Romans vis a vis wine – from the Punic Wars and Carthage on. Spain, Gaul (France), Germany, and Britain

Golden Age of Wine

We talk about the Golden Age of wine in Rome in the 2nd century BC
We discuss the medicinal, social, and religious roles of wine -- including how it was used by wealthy people to show their friends how rich they were
The transformation of wine into a daily necessity where everyone from the rich to slaves drank it

Viticulture in the Roman era

The concept of terroir is not new – writers from Pliny to Columella discussed the relati

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