This deadly enemy to health, replenisheth the body with Humors, Wind, Inflammations, Distillations and Operations; and change of Meats draweth plea∣sure out of the bounds of sufficiencie; Pleasure, in all things which pleaseth, where as in simple and uniform things, delight never exceedeth the appe∣tite and natural necessity.
THe Arigentines builded as though they should always live, and did seed as though they should always die. Plato.
The Emperor Septimus Severus and Jovinianus died with eating and drinking too much.
Valentinianus a famous Emperor, died sudden∣ly of a surset.
Lucullus being asked one day by his Servant, whom he had invited to his feast, seeing so much meat prepared? answered, Lucullus shall dine with Lucallus. Plut.
Vitellius Spinter, was so much given to gluttony and excess, that at one supper, he was served with two thousand several kind of fishes, and with 7000 flying Fowl.
Muleasses King of Tennis, after he was depri∣ved of his Kingdom, in his return out of Almaign, being without hope that the Emperor Charles the fifth would help him at all, he spent one hundred Crowus upon a Peacock dressed for him.
Maximilian the Emperor devoured in one day forty pounds of flesh, and drunk an hogshead of Wine.
Geta the Emperor, for three days together con∣tinued his Festival, and his delicates were brought Page [unnumbered]in by order of the Alphabet.
Astydamas being invited by Ariobarzanes to a Banquet, eat up all that alone, which was provi∣ded for divers Guests.
There was a Contention between Hercules and Lepreas which of them both should-first devour an Oxe, in which attempt Lepreas was overcome; af∣terwards he challenged him for drinking, but Her∣cules was his Master.
Aglais, whose practise was to sound the Trum∣pet, devoured at every meal twelve pounds of flesh, with as much bread, as two bushels of wheat would make, and three gallons of Wine.
Philoxenes, a notorious glutton, wished he had a neck like a Crane, that the sweet meat which he eat might be long in going down. Ravisius.
Lucullus at a solemn and costly feast he made to certain Embassadors of Asia, among other things, he did eat a Griph boiled, and a Goose in paste.
Lucullus took great pains himself in furnishing of a Feast, and when he was asked why he was so curious in setting out a banquet, he answered That there was as great disrcetion to be used in mar∣sh•lling of a Feast, as in the ordering of a Battle, that the one might be terrible to his enemies, and the other acceptable to his friends. Plut.
In Rhodes, they that love fish, are accounted right courteous, and free-hearted men, but he that delighteth more in flesh, is ill thought of, and to his great shame is reputed a bondslave to his belly.
Sergius Galba was a devouring and gluttonous Emperor, for he caused at one banquet seven thou∣sand birds to be killed.
Xerxes having tasted of the figs of Athens, sware by his Gods that he would eat no other all his life after, and went forthwith to prepare an Army to Page [unnumbered]conquer Grecia, for no other cause but to fill his belly full of the figs of that Countrey.
The Sicilians dedicated a Temple to Gluttony, and erected Images to Bacchus and Ceres, the God and Goddes of Wine and Corn.
M. Manlius, in times past made a Book of di∣vers ways how to dress meat, and another of the tastes, sauces and divers means of services, which were no sooner published, but by the decree of the Senate, they were burned, and if he had not fled speedily into Asia, he had been burned with them.
There was a Law in Rome called Fahia, by which it was prohibited, that no man should dispend in the greatest Feast he made, above an hundred Sex∣texterces.
Nisoeus a Tirant of Syracuse, when he under∣stood by his Soothsayers that he had not long to live, what he had left, he spent in belly-chear and drunkenness, and so died.
Mar. Anthonius set forth a book of his drunken∣ness, in which he proved those pranks when he was overcome with wine, to be good and lawful.
Darius had written upon his grave this inscr•ip∣tion; I could drink store of Wine, and bear it well.
Ptolomey, who in a mockery was called Philo∣pater, because he put to death his Father and Mo∣ther, through wine and women died like a beast.
Aruntius a Roman, being drunken, deflowred his own Daughter Medullina, whom he forthwith kil∣led.
Tiberius Caesar was preferred to a Pretorship, because of his excellencie in drinking.
Diotimus, was sirnamed Funnel, or Tunnel, be cause he gulped down wine through the channel of his Throat, which was poured into a Funnel, the end whereof was put into his mouth, with out interposition between gulps.Page [unnumbered]
In the Feast of Bacchus a Crown of Gold was appointed for him that could drink most.
Cleio a woman, was so practised in drinking, that she durst challenge all men and women whatsoe∣ver, to try masteries who could drink most, and o∣vercome all.
Cleomenes King of Lacedemonia, being disposed to carouse after the manner of the Scythians, drank so much, that he became and continued e ver after senceless.
Cyrillus Son, in his drunkenness, wickedly slew that holy man his Father, and his mother great with Child, he hurt his two sisters, and deflowred one of them.
Androcides a Gentleman of Greece, hearing of Alexanders excess in Drunkenness, wrote a Letter to him, wherein was a Tablet of Gold, with these words thereon engraven, Remember Alexander when thou drinkest wine, that thou doest drink the blood of the earth.
Those of Gallia Transalpina, understanding that the Italians had planted Vines in Italy, came to conquer their Countrey; so that if they had never planted Vines, the French-men had not de∣manded the Countrey.
Four old Lombards being at Banquet together, the one drank an health round to the others years, in the end they challenged two to two, and after each man had declared how many years old he was, the one drank as many times as he had years, and likewise his companion pledged him, the one was 58. the second 63. the third 87. the last 92. so that a man knoweth not what they did eat or drink; but he that drank least, drank 5•. cups of Wine.