Ode to some Grecian words

Greek wine is getting better these days, but it sounds as though it wasn’t half-bad a few millennia ago, if these estimable dudes are to be believed:

“In Vino Veritas” [“In wine is truth”] — Alcaeus, 6th-century BC poet

“Nothing more excellent or valuable than the juice of the grapes was ever granted by the Gods to man. — Plato (left)

“Quickly! Bring me a flagon of wine so I might wet my brain and say something clever!” — Aristophanes

“It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.” — Heraclitus

“Wine can of their wits the wise beguile, make the sage frolic, and the serious smile.” — Homer

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