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 A Cultural History

John Varriano, Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History Mount Holyoke College
280 pages with 105 illustrations


Maker unknown (Roman; Pompeiian) Fragment of a wall painting with Bacchus (detail)
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Wine has been made by almost every civilization throughout history.  It has played a part in religious ceremonies, from Dionysus and Bacchus in ancient Greece and Rome to the Catholic Eucharist and the Jewish Kiddush; it has inspired artists, thinkers, writers and poets through the ages; has even been used as a medicine by the healing professions; and has been a pleasant relaxant for a huge number of people. In Wine: A Cultural History eminent art historian John Varriano takes us on a tour of wine's history, revealing the polarizing effect wine has had on society and culture through the ages.