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Mead
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(Greek ὑδρόμελι/hydrómeli, Latin [aqua] mulsa). A beverage usually made of one part honey and two parts water (Columella 12,12; Dioscorides, De materia medica 5,9 Wellmann) that was usually consumed fermented with an alcohol content of 15% but occasionally also unfermented. Apart from beer, mead was the oldest intoxicating drink in the Mediterranean. When wine arrived in the historical period, mead was supplanted first in Greece and then largely in Italy, especially because grapes were produced in larger quantities and at…

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Gutsfeld, Andreas (Münster), “Mead”, 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 17 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e801750>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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