In ancient Greece and Rome, the wine was diluted with water. People who liked the unreported drink were considered crude, and drinking in this way was defined as “in Scythian fashion”.
Today, the custom of diluting wine may be surprising, but it should be remembered that ancient drinks were much stronger and it was easier to fall into addiction.
McKeown J. C., A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire, 2010
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