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How to Drink - A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Hardcover) Loot Price: R298
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How to Drink - A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Hardcover): Vincent Obsopoeus

How to Drink - A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing (Hardcover)

Vincent Obsopoeus; Translated by Michael Fontaine; Commentary by Michael Fontaine; Edited by Michael Fontaine

Series: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers

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A spirited new translation of a forgotten classic, shot through with timeless wisdom Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498-1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-century Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages. Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay-and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience. Complete with the original Latin on facing pages, this sparkling work is as intoxicating today as when it was first published.

General

Imprint: Princeton University Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
Release date: March 2020
First published: 2020
Authors: Vincent Obsopoeus
Translators: Michael Fontaine
Commentary by: Michael Fontaine
Editors: Michael Fontaine
Dimensions: 171 x 114 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Trade binding
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-0-691-19214-7
Categories: Books > Health, Home & Family > Self-help & practical interests > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Western philosophy > General
Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Health, Home & Family > Cookery / food & drink etc > Beverages > Alcoholic beverages > General
Books > Food & Drink > Beverages > Alcoholic beverages > General
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Philosophy > Western philosophy > General
LSN: 0-691-19214-6
Barcode: 9780691192147

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