So far, evidence of inns comes mainly from Mesopotamia. There the inn was usually also the place where - outside institutional households - beer was brewed. Inns normally served beer, with only one mention of the operator of a wine tavern (ancient Babylonian period, 17th cent. BC; ). The running of an inn by a landlord or landlady or a hot-food stall by a cook was registered and licensed by royal edict in the ancient Babylonian period [5. 85…
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