In Vino Veritas: Wine in Ancient Egypt

More+Events ♦ Published: June 13, 2019; 10:58 ♦ (Vindobona)

Wine has always been a drink for gods and people. The noble drink was just like today an important economic good and stimulant and possessed besides a large religious and cultic meaning. Also in the country at the Nile it was already early professionally produced and enjoyed generously. Under the title "In vino veritas. Wein im alten Ägypten", the Papyrus Museum of the Austrian National Library presents more than 70 fascinating exhibits, up to 3,000 years old, on viticulture and wine enjoyment.

In vino veritas. Wein im alten Ägypten - Wine in ancient Egypt / Picture: © Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

At the centre of the exhibition are papyri from the Late Antiquity with many details on wine culture, though the chronological arc stretches from the Pharaonic to the Arabic period.

Lease and sales contracts provide an insight into the everyday life of winegrowers and wine merchants, letters document the importance of wine for the catering of soldiers, laurel wine or fish broth…