Epitaphs Converse about Drinking

Two Epitaphs for Alcman by Julian, the Prefect of Egypt

Greek Anthology, 7.32

“Often I said this and now I cry it from the grave:
Drink, before you wrap this dust around you!”

Πολλάκι μὲν τόδ’ ἄεισα καὶ ἐκ τύμβου δὲ βοήσω·
„Πίνετε, πρὶν ταύτην ἀμφιβάλησθε κόνιν.”

Greek Anthology, 7.33

“ ‘You died from drinking too much, Anacreon!’ ‘Yes, I took pleasure in it!
And you who didn’t drink will arrive in Hades too!’ ”

Πολλὰ πιὼν τέθνηκας, ᾿Ανάκρεον. —„᾿Αλλὰ τρυφήσας·
καὶ σὺ δὲ μὴ πίνων ἵξεαι εἰς ᾿Αίδην.”


One might gather from this blog that its authors are really in to drinking. While we do enjoy the occasional beverage, this is not actually true. Really. We are, however, quite entertained by the range and nature of ancient comments on drinking...

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