The Party Begins

And so, however our weariness was cast aside, we retrieved our dinner clothes and were led into the next room. In it, three couches were laid out and the remaining preparation for magnificent things was most splendidly on show. So after we were asked to, we lied down, and after a marvelous first course started, we were flooded by wine—and it was Falernian.

Vtcunque ergo lassitudine abiecta cenatoria repetimus et in proximam cellam ducti sumus, in qua tres lecti strati erant et reliquus lautitiarum apparatus splendidissime expositus. Iussi ergo discubuimus, et gustatione mirifica initiati vino etiam Falerno inundamur.

—Petronius, Satyricon 21

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