Tuesday, July 23, 2013

NOW YOU KNOW: Ancient Greek Army Ration

Philon of Byzantium developed a ration pill for his soldiers in 150 BC. This pill was the size of an olive and was made of sesame seeds, honey, opium, poppy seeds, and squill (which is a root plant I've never heard of).

The pills were made to provide protein (from the sesame seeds), hydrocarbons (the honey), helped a person be free of pain from hunger and/or discomfort (opium), and a general tonic (the squill).

Active soldiers got two pills a day, one at 8 am, and the other at 4 pm. They also drank vinegar on a regular basis.

So, now you know!

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