Lecture 2.1 Beer History

Barley would not grow well to satisfy their thirst

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Unformatted text preview: Provided some much- needed relief from the reality of life. 3) Increased birth rates. 4) Promoted a division of labor among communities (farming, brewing, etc.) 5) Created taxes for public works and welfare (OK, so this one is debatable) Beer in ancient Sumer • Beer was a gift from the gods to be shared in a communal pot using long straws • Drink much beer and be merry • Drink much beer and practice the reproductive arts often • Beer created order and civilization from chaos Check out the first few tablets from the Epic of Gilgamesh. It reads like a raunchy romance novel ... Beer in ancient Sumer (3400 BCE) • By 3400 BCE, beer and bread were money (and life) in ancient Sumer • Taxes were collected as grain, bread, or beer • People received monthly rations of barley (or equivalent beer/bread) Your social standing dictated your beer rations. • Low society – 1 sila per day (1 liter) … probably about 600 Calories • Junior officials – 2 sila • Higher officials and ladies of the court – 3 sila • Highest officials – 5 sila … for tipping messengers and workers 1...
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2013 for the course ECE 5042 taught by Professor Degroat during the Fall '13 term at Ohio State.

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