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Graves, Robert (1895-1985)

An English poet and author, who, amongst other things, wrote the historical novels "I Claudius" and "Claudius the God" and poems such as The Aztecs called more than twenty different mushroom varieties Teonanactl, meaning "food of the gods". A cult of divine hallucinogenic mushroom eaters has been traced back to about 1500 BC.

Of culinary interest he wrote an essay "Centaur"s Food", in which he speculated that various hallucinogenic mushrooms were the legendary "ambrosia" of the gods, forbidden to mortals for their own good; that the feasts of Dionysus, divine half-brother of Alexander the Great, were mushroom orgies rather tan drinking bouts; and that Alexander, with his phalanx and his ships and cavalry, could have destroyed the early Romans and created a Greek empire if he hadn"t tried to outdo Dionysus.

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