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Beer Rations – The Foundation Of Civilisation.

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I have only managed to intermittently hear the History of the World in 100 objects, but when I do there is invariably something amusing and informative seeping out of apparently dry, uncooperative objects.

The recent episode on Radio Four, which covers a clay tablet from Mesopotamia, is marvellous for bringing out the history of these inanimate objects.

Do listen and find out how beer rations may be the foundation of civilisation as we know it.

The podcasts for the programme are here.

Update 1: There was a Culture Show Special on it too.

Written by modernityblog

06/02/2010 at 02:18

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