Strabo, Geographica 4.6.2

κατοικοῦσι δὲ Λίγυες ζῶντες ἀπὸ θρεμμάτων τὸ πλέον καὶ γάλακτος καὶ κριθίνου πόματος, νεμόμενοι τά τε πρὸς θαλάττῃ χωρία καὶ τὸ πλέον τὰ ὄρη. [. . .] ταῦτά τε δὴ κατάγουσιν εἰς τὸ ἐμπόριον τὴν Γένουαν καὶ θρέμματα καὶ δέρματα καὶ μέλι, ἀντιφορτίζονται δὲ ἔλαιον καὶ οἶνον τὸν ἐκ τῆς Ἰταλίας: ὁ δὲ παρ᾽ αὐτοῖς…

HBW: Millet Brew, Part 1

We recently reported a Strabo passage describing an Ethiopian beverage made from millet and barley. This concoction is sufficiently beer-like for another BCS beer recreation. For today’s entry, I provide an overview of the experiment and the initial production: malting, kilning, and brewing. Millet  is very unlike barley in its outward form; it has the…

κέγχρος, Defined

κέγχρος, ό – millet (panicum miliaceum), anything of small grains like fish roe The earliest reference to drinks made with barley is found in Hecataeus (ca. 550-476 BCE). He describes a drink (παραβίην) among the Paeonians (a region to the north of Greece). Nelson notes in his review of ancient Greek and Roman beer that millet is largely…

STRABO, GEOGRAPHY 17.2.2

ζῶσί τ’ἀπό κέγχρου καί κριθῆς, ἀφ’ ᾦν καί ποτόν αὐτοῖς ἔστιν: ἔλαιον δέ βούτυρον καί στέαρ: οὐδ’ ἀκρόδρυα ἔχουσι πλήν φοινίκων ὀλίγων ἐν κήποις βασιλικοῖς: ἔνιοι δέ καί πόαν σιτοῦνται καί κλῶνας ἁπαλούς καί λωτόν καί καλάμου ῥίζαν: κρέασι δέ χρῶνται αἵματι καί γάλακτι καί τυρῷ. σέβονται δ’ ὡς θεούς τούς βασιλέας κατακλείστους ὄντας καί οἰκουρούς τό…