Saturday, October 17, 2009



Water transformed into something like wine — Valerius Maximus 1.8 ext. 18 (tr. D.R. Shackleton Bailey):
Or especially why she [Nature] wished a water in Macedonia and another in the district of Cales to possess the property of wine whereby men are made drunk.

potissimumve quare alteram in Macedonia, alteram in Caleno agro aquam proprietatem vini, qua homines inebrientur, possidere voluerit.
Wine transformed into blood — Valerius Maximus 1.6 ext. 1b (tr. D.R. Shackleton Bailey):
The same monarch [Xerxes] had finally passed Mount Athos before destroying Athens and was making plans to invade Lacedaemon, when a remarkable prodigy happened to him at dinner; for the wine poured into his bowl changed to blood, not once but twice and three times.

eidem montem Athon vix tandem transgresso, priusquam Athenas deleret Lacedaemonis invadendae consilium agitanti admirabile inter cenam prodigium incidit: infusum namque paterae eius vinum in sanguinem, nec semel sed iterum et tertio conversum est.

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