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Thus it was. Not anymore. Of the seven arms of the delta only two remain, and of the holy cycles of fertility, which are no longer holy or cycles, all that remains are the ancient hymns of praise for the longest river:Thou quenchest the thirst of the flocks. Thou drinkest the tears of all eyes. Rise up Nile, may thy voice resound! May thy voice be heard! STONE THAT SPEAKS When Napoleon invaded Egypt, one of his soldiers found on the banks of the Nile a great black stone entirely engraved with symbols.
As the oldest of all books tells it, King Gilgamesh’s friend Enkidu was a savage brute until he discovered beer and bread. Beer traveled to Egypt from the land we now call Iraq. Because it gave the face new eyes, the Egyptians believed it was a gift from their god Osiris. ” In the Andes, it is the oldest of offerings: from the beginning, the earth has asked for a few drops of chicha, corn beer, to cheer up its days. BRIEF HISTORY OF WINE Reasonable doubt keeps us wondering if Adam was tempted by an apple or by a grape.
Table of Contents Title Page Epigraph BORN OF DESIRE A FEAST ON FOOT THE TROUBLEMAKER CAVES ORIGIN OF FIRE ORIGIN OF BEAUTY SAHARA’S GREENERY HOW COULD WE? AGES COUSINS GRANDPARENTS BRIEF HISTORY OF CIVILIZATION ORIGIN OF POLLUTION ORIGIN OF SOCIAL CLASSES SERFS AND LORDS RULERS AND RULED ORIGIN OF THE DIVISION OF LABOR ORIGIN OF WRITING BORN OF CLAY ORIGIN OF THE DAYS ORIGIN OF THE TAVERN RITES OF THE TABLE BRIEF HISTORY OF BEER BRIEF HISTORY OF WINE THE KING WHO WANTED TO LIVE FOREVER ANOTHER ADVENTURE IN IMMORTALITY BORN OF TEARS NILE STONE THAT SPEAKS WRITING, NO WRITING, YES OSIRIS ISIS SAD KING ORIGIN OF THE HEN HATSHEPUT THE OTHER PYRAMID GOD OF WAR THEATER OF WAR ART OF WAR HORROR OF WAR YELLOW YI AND THE DROUGHT YU AND THE FLOOD ORIGIN OF THE CHINESE BOOK FAMILY PORTRAIT IN CHINA SILK THAT WAS SPITTLE FLIGHT OF THE CHINESE WORM THE EMPEROR WHO DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO BUILDING HIS DEATH FOOT MURDERERS WORD SMUGGLERS MALE PANIC A DANGEROUS WEAPON NINE MOONS VICTORIOUS SUN, MOON VANQUISHED MEXICANS EGYPTIANS HEBREWS HINDUS CHINESE ROMANS GREEKS AMAZONS WHEN THE LIVER WAS THE HOME OF THE SOUL ORIGIN OF MISOGYNY HERACLES ORIGIN OF THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION ORIGIN OF THE POSTAL SERVICE ECHO THALES ORIGIN OF MUSIC DIVINE MONOPOLY THANKS FOR THE PUNISHMENT ORIGIN OF LANGUAGES ALL THE RAINS RELIGIOUS ORIGIN OF RACISM SCIENTIFIC ORIGIN OF RACISM THE LOVE OF LOVES ALEXANDER HOMER LITERARY ORIGIN OF THE DOG HESIOD THE SUICIDE OF TROY THE HERO FAMILY PORTRAIT IN GREECE STRIKE OF CLOSED THIGHS THE ART OF DRAWING YOU SOCRATES OLYMPICS PARTHENON AND AFTER HIPPOCRATES ASPASIA SAPPHO EPICURIUS ORIGIN OF INSECURITY SLAVERY ACCORDING TO ARISTOTLE WATCH OUT FOR THE BACCHANALIA ANTIOCHUS, KING SPARTACUS ROME TOUR JULIUS CAESAR SALT OF THE EMPIRE CLEOPATRA CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS OF PROVEN EFFECTIVENESS SHOW BUSINESS FAMILY PORTRAIT IN ROME THE POET WHO POKED FUN AT ROME LAUGH THERAPY JOKES THE LOOKING-GLASS WORLD MOCKED THE REAL ONE FORBIDDEN TO LAUGH THE SMILING DIVINITY A FATHER WHO NEVER LAUGHS THE SON WANTED THE ASS RESURRECTION OF JESUS MARYS RESURRECTION OF MARY ORIGIN OF SANTA CLAUS ORIGIN OF HELL PRISCILLIAN HYPATIA THEODORA URRACA AYESHA MOHAMMED MOHAMMED’S BIOGRAPHER SUKAINA MOTHER OF ALL STORYTELLERS BAGHDAD VOICE OF WINE CRUSADES DIVINE COMMANDMENTS CRAZY ABOUT FRENCH WOMEN POET PROPHET TROTULA SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI ORIGIN OF SUGAR THE LITTLE CRUSADE AGAINST DOLCINO SAINTS VISITED FROM HEAVEN SAINTS PORTRAY THE DAUGHTERS OF EVE FORBIDDEN TO SING FORBIDDEN TO FEEL AVICENNA A FEUDAL LADY EXPLAINS HOW TO CARE FOR EARTHLY GOODS A FEUDAL LORD EXPLAINS HOW TO CARE FOR THE PEASANTS FOUNT OF THE FOUNTAIN PLAGUES WOMEN AGAINST THE PLAGUE CURSED WATER SAINTS OF THE MIDDLE AGES PRACTICED MEDICINE ON AN INDUSTRIAL SCALE ORIGIN OF CHILDHOOD GOD’S LITTLE ANGELS FATHER OF THE OGRE THE TATAR OGRE MARCO POLO WHAT DID THE CHINESE NOT INVENT?