A History Of The World In 6 Glasses Analysis

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In A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Tom Standage embarks on a journey through history of mankind on the significance of agriculture to our early society. Eventually, leads to the rise of certain alcoholic beverages in our modern/early society. Thus, Standage briefly goes over how humans settle down, which leads to the creation of cities, our departure from our old nomadic lifestyle as hunter-gatherer, due to humans growing their own food from the wild grains discovered. Eventually our crops that are grown are directly entwined with the discovery of alcoholic drink. With the rise of cities and the demand of food source growing due to large population, and how does that directly link alcoholic drinks to great influence to early human society. …show more content…
According to Standage, signals the offering of a drink sign of hospitality, trustworthy, and the drink wasn’t poisoned or not fit for consumption (18). In addition, Mesopotamians commonly regarded the consumption of bread and beer as something that marked you as civilized or a simple savage (27). Standage, notably states that the consumption of beer was something that made you civilized, but the consumption of wine was seen as the classy drink. In contrast, people of the Mediterranean arise from their barbaric ways learnt to cultivate grape vines and olives (52-53). In addition, the drinking of wine without adding water is considered barbaric by the Greeks (57). Interestingly enough, during the first millennium BCE, even the beer loving Mesopotamians would eventually prefer to drink wine. The shift would lead to the wine becoming the most cultured and civilized of drinks (51). In contrast, with the birth of wine our society went through a cultural shift between the alcoholic beverages which one was acceptable. As wine grew in popularity in Greece, so did the mindsets of Greeks and Moesotamins. Eventually the consumption of beer was no longer seen as civilized, thus seen as barbaric cast aside in viewpoints of the Greeks and Romans. Likewise even the Mesopotamians would eventually would turn their back on …show more content…
Eventually in Egypt, as in Mesopotamia, taxes in the form of grain, thus this meant barley and wheat, became more than just food, as an outcome it was used as a form of payments and currency (35). Also, as an example the works who built pyramids were paid with beer and bread (37). As civilization arose and the population of people grew, we slowly started trading goods, for work this with this major change no longer did people have to gather their food, thus had ability to work for someone else to earn a payment of some sort. Both the Mesopotamians and Egyptians used beer for medical reason, even more was written down on tablets that date back to around 2100 BCE, contained a list of medical recipes based on beer, thus making it one of the earliest record of alcohol in medicine (38). Also in Rome a young doctor by the name of Galen’s internet in wine mainly, even though not entirely, professional, thus he treated gladiators using the wine to disinfect wounds. In addition, wine was also able to treat fevers and the common cold (82). Alcoholic beverages were not only for our plassurement and entertainment of people, but what’s more a contribution to our society a way of not just surviving day to day. After all beer and wine contributed to the better our lives, but way living our life to the fullest with much enjoyment. Lastly, alcohol was

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