The Greek Prejudice Against Beer
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As we have seen, beer as a drink of Thracians, Paeonians, and Phrygians was known to Greeks in the seventh century BC while in the ﬁfth century BC it was further also known as a drink of Egyptians. There is no evidence that our earliest sources, Archilochus of Paros and Hecataeus of Miletus, thought negatively of beer, nor in fact can this be detected in Herodotus of Halicarnassus or Hellanicus of Lesbos, or in the fourth century BC in Theophrastus of Lesbos. And Xenophon of Athens is remarkably complimentary about the beer he tasted in Armenia. However, in the early ﬁfth century BC we ﬁnd our ﬁrst attacks on beer, both the Thracian and Egyptian product, in the plays of the Athenian tragedian Aeschylus.