Sweet and Spicy Libations: Wine in the Ancient Near East


Thursday, October 23, 2014, 6:00pm


Yenching Auditorium, 2 Divinity Avenue

Lecture and Wine Tasting with Andrew Koh, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies, Brandeis University, and Joseph A. Greene, Deputy Director and Curator, Harvard Semitic Museum.

In 2013, a team of archaeologists working in northern Israel unearthed the storage magazines of a Canaanite palace from 1700 BCE containing remnants of what is considered to be the oldest--and largest--ancient wine cellar in the Near East. Chemical analysis of the jars found at the site suggests the Canaanites drank a strong, sweet wine flavored with an exotic mix of honey, spices, and berries. Join archaeologist Andrew Koh and Phoenician specialist Joseph Greene as they discuss this discovery in the context of the social and cultural history of wine's emergence in the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world.

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Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Sponsored by the Harvard Semitic Museum.