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Cheers to the barbarians: UWindsor to host symposium on ancient brews

Imported On: Thu, 09/28/2017 - 7:05am
Last Modified: Thu, 09/28/2017 - 7:05am

UWindsor history professor Max Nelson holds a reproduction of a Philistine beer jug from around 1200 BC in his office on Sept. 22. Dr. Nelson will participate in a symposium discussing the ancient beverage on Sept. 30.

The next time you’re sipping on a pint of your favourite peanut butter porter, take a moment to pour one out for the barbarians.

If it weren’t for those Germanic tribes in northern Europe, says University of Windsor professor Max Nelson, the popular alcoholic beverage may still be considered the “effeminate drink of foreigners.”

“The Greeks held pseudo-scientific beliefs about alcohol, including that wine is hot and manly while beer is cold and effeminate,” Dr. Nelson said.