Symposiacs, by Plutarch
- Whether at Table It is Allowable to Philosophize?
- Whether the Entertainer Should Seat the Guests, or Let Every Man
Take His Own Place.
- Upon What Account is the Place at the Table Called Consular
- What Manner of Man Should a Director of a Feast Be?
- Why It is Commonly Said that Love Makes a Man a Poet.
- Whether Alexander Was a Great Drinker.
- Why Old Men Love Pure Wine.
- Why Old Men Read Best at a Distance.
- Why Fresh Water Washes Clothes Better Than Salt.
- Why at Athens the Chorus of the Tribe Aeantis Was Never Determined
to Be the Last.
- What, As Xenophon Intimates, are the Most Agreeable Questions and
Most Pleasant Raillery at an Entertainment?
- Why in Autumn Men Have Better Stomachs Than in Other Seasons of
- Which Was First the Bird or the Egg?
- Whether or No Wrestling is the Oldest Exercise.
- Why, in Reckoning Up Different Kinds of Exercises, Homer Puts
Cuffing First, Wrestling Next, and Racing Last.
- Why Fir-Trees, Pine-Trees, and the Like Will Not Be Grafted
- About the Fish Called Remora or Echeneis.
- Why They Say Those Horses Called [Greek Omitted] are Very
- Why the Flesh of Sheep Bitten by Wolves is Sweeter Than that of
Others, and the Wool More Apt to Breed Lice.
- Whether the Ancients, by Providing Every One His Mess, Did Best or
We, Who Set Many to the Same Dish.
- Whether It is Fitting to Wear Chaplets of Flowers at Table.
- Whether Ivy is of a Hot or Cold Nature.
- Why Women are Hardly, Old Men Easily, Foxed.
- Whether the Temper of Women is Colder or Hotter Than that of
- Whether Wine is Potentially Cold.
- Which is the Fittest Time for a Man to Know His Wife?
- Why New Wine Doth Not Inebriate As Soon As Other.
- Why Do Those that are Stark Drunk Seem Not So Much Debauched As
Those that are But Half Foxed?
- What is the Meaning of the Saying: Drink Either Five or Three, But
- Why Flesh Stinks Sooner When Exposed to the Moon, Than to the
- Whether Different Sorts of Food, or One Single Dish Fed Upon at
Once, is More Easily Digested.
- Why Mushrooms are Thought to Be Produced by Thunder, and Why It is
Believed that Men Asleep are Never Thunderstruck.
- Why Men Usually Invite Many Guests to a Wedding Supper.
- Whether the Sea or Land Affords Better Food.
- Whether the Jews Abstained From Swine’s Flesh Because They
Worshipped that Creature, or Because They Had an Antipathy Against It.
- What God is Worshipped by the Jews.
- Why the Days Which Have the Names of the Planets are Not Arranged
According to the Order of the Planets, But the Contrary. There is Added a Discourse on the Position of the Sun.
- Why Signet-Rings are Worn Chiefly on the Fourth Finger.
- Whether We Ought to Carry in Our Seal-Rings Effigies of Gods, or
Those of Wise Personages.
- Why Women Do Not Eat the Middle Part of Lettuce.
- Why We Take Delight in Hearing Those that Represent the Passions
of Men Angry or Sorrowful, and Yet Cannot Without Concern Behold Those Who are Really So Affected?
- That the Prize for Poets at the Games Was Ancient.
- Why Was the Pine Counted Sacred to Neptune and Bacchus? And Why at
First the Conqueror in the Isthmian Games Was Crowned With a Garland of Pine, Afterwards with Parsley, and Now Again
- Concerning that Expression in Homer, [Greek Omitted] (“Iliad,” ix.
- Concerning Those that Invite Many to a Supper.
- What is the Reason that the Same Room Which at the Beginning of a
Supper Seems Too Narrow Appears Wide Enough Afterwards.
- Concerning Those that are Said to Bewitch.
- Why Homer Calls the Apple-Tree [Greek Omitted], And Empedocles
Calls Apples [GREEK OMITTED].
- What is the Reason that the Fig-Tree, Being Itself of a Very Sharp
and Bitter Taste, Bears So Sweet Fruit?
- What are Those that are Said to Be [Greek Omitted], And Why Homer
Calls Salt Divine?
- What is the Reason that Those that are Fasting are More Thirsty
- Whether Want of Nourishment Causeth Hunger and Thirst or the
Change in the Figures of the Pores.
- What is the Reason that Hunger is Allayed by Drinking, But Thirst
Increased by Eating?
- What is the Reason that a Bucket of Water Drawn Out of a Well, If
It Stands All Night in the Air that is in the Well, Is, More Cold in the Morning Than the Rest of the Water?
- What is the Reason that Pebble Stones and Leaden Bullets Thrown
Into the Water Make It More Cold?
- What is the Reason that Men Preserve Snow by Covering It with
Chaff and Cloths?
- Whether Wine Ought to Be Strained or Not.
- What is the Cause of Bulimy or the Greedy Disease?
- Why Does Homer Appropriate a Certain Peculiar Epithet to Each
Particular Liquid, and Call Oil Only Liquid?
- What is the Reason that Flesh of Sacrificed Beasts, After Being
Hung a While Upon a Fig-Tree is More Tender Than Before?
- Against Those Who Find Fault with Plato for Saying that Drink
Passeth Through the Lungs.
- What Humored Man is He that Plato Calls [Greek omitted]? And Why
Do Those Seeds that Fall on the Oxen’s Horns Become [Greek omitted]?
- Why the Middle of Wine, the Top of Oil, and the Bottom of Honey is
- What Was, the Reason of that Custom of the Ancient Romans to
Remove the Table Before All the Meat Was Eaten, and Not to Put Out the Lamp?
- That We Ought Carefully to Preserve Ourselves From Pleasures
Arising From Bad Music and How It May Be Done.
- Concerning Those Guests that are Called Shadows, and Whether Being
Invited by Some to Go to Another’s House, They Ought To Go; and When, and to Whom.
- Whether Flute-Girls are to Be Allowed at a Feast?
- What Sort of Music is Fittest for an Entertainment?
- That It Was the Custom of the Greeks As Well As Persians to Debate
of State Affairs at Their Entertainments.
- Whether They Did Well Who Deliberated Midst Their Cups.
- Concerning Those Days in Which Some Famous Men Were Born; and Also
Concerning the Generation of the Gods.
- What is Plato’s Meaning, When He Says that God Always Plays the
- Why Noises are Better Heard in the Night Than the Day.
- Why, When in the Sacred Games One Sort of Garland Was Given in
One, and Another in Another, the Palm Was Common to All. And Why They Call the Great Dates [Greek omitted].
- Why Those that Sail Upon the Nile Take Up the Water They are to
Use Before Day.
- Concerning Those Who Come Late to an Entertainment; and From
Whence These Words, [Greek omitted] and, [Greek omitted] are Derived.
- Concerning Pythagoras’s Symbols, in Which He Forbids Us to Receive
a Swallow Into Our House, and Bids Us As Soon As We are Risen to Ruffle the Bedclothes.
- Why the Pythagoreans Command Fish Not to Be Eaten, More Strictly
Than Other Animals.
- Whether There Can Be New Diseases, and How Caused.
- Why We Give Least Credit to Dreams in Autumn.
- Concerning Verses Seasonably and Unseasonably Applied.
- What is the Reason that Alpha is Placed First in the Alphabet, and
What is the Proportion Between the Number of Vowels And Semi-Vowels?
- Which of Venus’s Hands Diomedes Wounded.
- Why Plato Says that Ajax’s Soul Came to Draw Her Lot in the
Twentieth Place in Hell.
- What is Signified by the Fable About the Defeat of Neptune? And
Also, Why Do the Athenians Omit the Second Day of the Month Boedromion?
- Why the Accords in Music are Separated Into Three.
- Wherein the Intervals Melodious Differ From Those that are
- What is the Cause of Accord? And Also, Why, When Two Accordant
Strings are Touched Together, is the Melody Ascribed to The Base?
- Why, When the Ecliptic Periods of the Sun and the Moon are Equal
in Number, the Moon Appears Oftener Eclipsed Than the Sun.
- That We Continue Not Always the Same, in Regard of the Deflux of
- Is It More Probable that the Number of the Stars is Even or
- A Moot-Point Out of the Third Book of Homer’s Iliads.
- Some Observations About the Number of the Muses, Not Commonly
- That There are Three Parts in Dancing: [Greek omitted], Motion,
[Greek omitted], Gesture, and [Greek omitted], Representation.
- What Each of Those is and What is Common to Both Poetry and