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Drunken Brawls
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1587  Thursday, 16 September 1999.

From:           John Velz <
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Date:           Friday, 10 Sep 1999 11:31:41 -0500
Subject:        Drunken Brawls

Richard Carns cites an aphorism about Neptune not killing so many as
Bacchus.  John Lyly has an analogue in Campaspe  "Plures occidit crapula
quam gladius" (inebriation kills more than the sword does).  The remark
is made a propos  Alexander the Great, who was a notorious drinker and
who later would kill his friend and retainer Cleitos after a drunken
banquet.  Cleitos was no poet, I believe.

A cheer for moderation,


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