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Intoxicating substances
(1,723 words)

[German version]

I. Definition

Intoxicating substances are natural drugs (e.g. henbane) or agents created through technical modification (e.g. alcohol). In antiquity they were almost always derived from plants and their psychotropic effect on the central nervous system ranged from slightly stimulating, causing optical or acoustic hallucinations, libido-enhancing sensations and ecstatic states to a comp…

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Schulze, Christian (Bochum), “Intoxicating substances”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 21 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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