HORDEUM, Defined

Hordeum, -i (n) – barley
also ordeum (see Ammianus Marcellinus)

Hordeum is used to describe the barley in an Illyrian beer by Ammianus Marcellinus, a German beer by Tacitus, and beer more generally by Pliny the Elder. We know that barley was considered less healthy than wheat as a grain by the 1st c. CE (read here).

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