Now thatthe festive period of bottomless eggnog and overdoing the mulled wine is over, youre probably well-versed inhow to deal with hangovers. However, an ancient papyrus shows how people attempted to deal with them long before the advent of aspirin and greasy burgers. Its good to knowthe morning after the night before has been the scourge of humanity since ancient times.
Researchers have deciphered parts of an ancient medical papyrusthatcontain a cure for the headache associated with a lawsuit of post-cocktail influenza. According to the text, the hungover patient must string together leaves from an Alexandrian chamaedaphne ( Ruscus racemosus L .) shrub and, perhaps, wear it around the neck.
Thisremedy was discoveredamong the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection , found by explorers Bernard Grenfell and Arthur Hunt around a hundred years ago in the ancient Egyptian township of Oxyrhynchus.Due to the sheer volume of such documents observed estimated to include over 500,000 texts parts and volumes of the collection are still only just being deciphered, with this latest volume believed to be thethe largest collection of medical papyripublished.
Along with the ancient hangover cure, the text also offers remedies for toothache, ulcers and hemorrhoids.
Although the texts were found in Egypt, they are largely writes to Greek, along with others written in Egyptian, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew and Aramaic, Syriac, and Pahlavi. This particular set waswritten in Greek, believed to date somewhere within the Hellenistic period of the Mediterranean region after the third century B.C.E. After the conquests of Alexander the Great, Greek-influenced culture spread throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East.
Perhaps by no coincidence, there is a long-standing theory that Alexander the Great actually died from his penchant forheavy drinking, either being poisoned by a toxic wine or perishing from alcohol poisoning .
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