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 Their habits are in general temperate. But their kings, from the great wealth which they possessed, degenerated into a luxurious way of life. They sent for wheat from Assos in Æolia, for Chalybonian1 wine from Syria, and water from the Eulæus, which is the lightest of all, for an Attic cotylus measure of it weighs less by a drachm (than the same quantity of any other water).
1 Chalybon was the name of the modern Aleppo, but the wine of Damascus must have possessed the same qualities, and had the same name. ‘The Chalybonean wine, Posidonius says, is made in Damascus in Syria, from vines which were planted there by the Persians.’ Athenœus, b. i page 46, Bohn's Classical Library
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