We see the process of filling the wine cups at a feast. They were dipped into a large vase instead of being filled from a small vessel. Nor were they alone contented with grape wine, they had palm wine, wine made from dates, and beer even as the Egyptians had.
“This list of wines is found engraved upon a terra-cotta tablet from the palace of Assur-ba-ni-pal, the Sardanapalus of the Greeks, and evidently represents the wines supplied to the royal table. It reads:
Col. I. Wine of the Land of Izalli.
Wine, the Drink of the King (Daniel i. 5).
Wine of the Nazahrie.
Wine of Ra-h-ū (Shepherds’ Wine).
Wine of Khabaru.
Col. II. Wine of Khilbunn or Helbon.
Wine of Arnabani (North Syria).
Wine of Sibzu (Sweet Wine).
Wine of Sa-ta-ba-bi-ru-ri (which I think means Wines which from the Vineyard come not).
Wine of Kharrubi (Wine of the Carrob or Locust bean).”
The Assyrians, who `rank` next in antiquity to the Egyptians, were no shunners of wine; they could drink sociably, and hob-nob together, as we see by the illustration.
The Assyrians used these inventions in their wars against the contiguous nations of the East, and with their aid achieved the mastery, and unified the Orient. That the Assyrian rule was harsh and cruel should not be denied; but, on the principle that any kind of government is better than no government, it cannot reasonably be supposed that the central and efficient administration of Assyria was not better than the condition of continual petty wars and quarrels that had existed among the numerous tribes and nations, with their enormous possibilities for suffering of all kinds.
Assyrian Harpist , beating time with his foot