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Excerpts from
Herodotus' Histories

Notes from the First Historian

History Of The Peloponnesian War

On the eve of the great Sicilian invasion Alcibiades and other Mochthoi, after much drinking and reveling committed various acts of sacrilege ...  After the fleet had departed, the Athenians ordered a state ship to bring Alcibiades back to stand trial ... On the homeward trip the Mochthoi (Alcibiades included) jumped ship, and escaped to the Peloponnesus. --Thucydides History Of The Peloponnesian War


A class of mankind devoted to a new and mischievous superstition.


Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.

Plato's Dialogues

You seem my friends to be sober, which is a thing not to be endured; You must drink.

Observe, my friends. . .on Socrates, for he can drink any quantity of wine and not be at all nearer being drunk.-- Alcibiades as quoted in Plato's Dialogues, Symposium 12 (212c-214e)

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