Amphis praises also the wine which comes from the city of Acanthus, saying,—
A. Whence do you come, friend? speak.[p. 51] And Alexis mentions Corinthian wine as a harsh wine—
B. From Acanthus I.
A. Acanthus? then I trow,
Since you're a countryman of wine so strong,
You must be fierce yourself;
Your country's name is thorny,1 but I hope
Your manners are not quite so rough and prickly.
And foreign wine was there; for that from CorinthHe speaks, too, of wine from Eubœa—
Is painful drinking.
Drinking deep draughts of harsh Eubœan wine.The Naxian wine is compared by Archilochus to nectar. And he says in some one of his poems—
My spear finds corn, my spear finds wine,But Strattis praises the wine of Sciathus—
From Ismarus; on my spear I dine,
And on it, when fatigued, recline.
The black Sciathian wine mix'd half and half,And Achæus praises the Bibline wine—
Invites the traveller to halt and quaff.
He pledged him in a cup of Bibline wine.While it has its name from some district which is called by a similar appellation. And Philyllius says,—
I'll give you Lesbian, Chian wine,But Epicharmus says that it is named from some mountains of a similar name. And Armenidas says that there is a district of Thrace called the Biblian, the same which was afterwards called Tisara, and Œsyma. And it was very natural for Thrace to be admired as a country producing fine wines; and indeed all the adjacent country deserves the same character.
Thasian, Mendæan, and Bibline;
Sweet wines, but none so strong and heady
As that you shall next day feel seedy.
Full of rich wine the ships from Lemnos came.But Hippias the Rhegian says that the wine called the creeper was also called Biblian; and that Pollis the Argive, who was king of Syracuse, was the first person who brought it to Syracuse from Italy. And if that be true, probably the sweet wine which among the Sicilians is called Pollian, is the same as the Bibline wine. There is an ancient oracle:—
Drink wine where lees abound, since Fate has not[p. 52] And there was a vine among the people of Trœzene, (as Aris- totle says, in his book on their polity,) called Anthedonian, and another called Hyperian; from men of the name of Anthus and Hyperus, just as the Althephian vine is named after a man of the name of Althephias, one of the descendants of Alpheus.
Placed you amid Anthedon's flowery plains,
Or in the streets of sacred Hypera,
Where purer wine abounds.