Re: CHAT: Water and wine (was: Corpses)
|From:||Isidora Zamora <isidora@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, November 11, 2003, 1:04|
At 04:56 PM 11/10/03 -0500, you wrote:
>Isidora Zamora scripsit:
> > Once again, thank you for enlightening me. Now that you have roughly
> > translated it, I can roughly understand the German text. It's very clever.
>In Classical times, both Greeks and Romans considered people who drank
>unmixed wine to be incipient alcoholics, but drinking water without some
>alcohol to reduce the number of harmful bacteria was very dangerous.
>The emperor Nero's formal name was Tiberius Claudius Nero, but he was
>(very quietly) known as Biberius Caldius Mero = "drinker hot with unmixed
>[wine]". "Caldius" is a metathesis of "calidus".
Thank you for sharing the joke.