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  • Published: 01 May 2016 Journal: Annals: Series on History and Archaeology (Academy of Romanian Scientists) (issn: 2066-8597, eissn: 2067-5682, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Editura Academiei Oamenilor de Ştiinţă din România
Since Antiquity, spices are immensely popular, both as condiments and as medicines, while aromata are used in the cult andin everyday life. The Reformation institutes a new diet where spices have much less importance. The discovery of the American continents and of the Asian maritime trade routes favors a new category of luxury goods –excitants. Since the end of the XIXth century, we witness the spread of yet another category –narcotics. The Aristotelian tradition justifies the use of spices in developing a theory of perception where they contribute directly to the health of the brain. I show how the hermeneutics of the Bible, as understood byLuther and Calvin, ...
free text keywords: Antiquity, spices, narcotics, Aristotelian tradition, the Bible, Luther and Calvin, History (General), D1-2009
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