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How to Drink

A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing

Vincent Obsopoeus Michael Fontaine Michael Fontaine

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Princeton University Pres
13 March 2020
Philosophy; History of Western philosophy; Social & political philosophy; Popular philosophy; Self-help & personal development; Alcoholic beverages
A spirited new translation of a forgotten classic, shot through with timeless wisdom Is there an art to drinking alcohol? Can drinking ever be a virtue? The Renaissance humanist and neoclassical poet Vincent Obsopoeus (ca. 1498-1539) thought so. In the winelands of sixteenth-century Germany, he witnessed the birth of a poisonous new culture of bingeing, hazing, peer pressure, and competitive drinking. Alarmed, and inspired by the Roman poet Ovid's Art of Love, he wrote The Art of Drinking (De Arte Bibendi) (1536), a how-to manual for drinking with pleasure and discrimination. In How to Drink, Michael Fontaine offers the first proper English translation of Obsopoeus's text, rendering his poetry into spirited, contemporary prose and uncorking a forgotten classic that will appeal to drinkers of all kinds and (legal) ages. Arguing that moderation, not abstinence, is the key to lasting sobriety, and that drinking can be a virtue if it is done with rules and limits, Obsopoeus teaches us how to manage our drinking, how to win friends at social gatherings, and how to give a proper toast. But he also says that drinking to excess on occasion is okay - and he even tells us how to win drinking games, citing extensive personal experience. Complete with the original Latin on facing pages, this sparkling work is as intoxicating today as when it was first published. '[How to Drink] serves as relevant social commentary for today, railing, with wit and humour, against toxic masculinity and overindulgence while providing advice on how to win drinking games. It's a great addition to your bartending library.' - Matt Kettman, Santa Barbara Independent '[How to Drink is] a fetching translation...I recommend it, as much for its hints about drinking 'sustainably and with discrimination' as for its wry warnings about excess.' - Roger Kimball, Spectator US
By:   Vincent Obsopoeus
Edited by:   Michael Fontaine
Translated with commentary by:   Michael Fontaine
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 171mm,  Width: 114mm, 
ISBN:   9780691192147
ISBN 10:   0691192146
Series:   Ancient Wisdom for Modern Readers
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   13 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michael Fontaine is professor of classics and associate vice provost of undergraduate education at Cornell University. His books include Funny Words in Plautine Comedy and The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Comedy.

Reviews for How to Drink: A Classical Guide to the Art of Imbibing

[How to Drink] serves as relevant social commentary for today, railing, with wit and humor, against toxic masculinity and overindulgence while providing advice on how to win drinking games. It's a great addition to your bartending library. ---Matt Kettman, Santa Barbara Independent


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