Rod Phillips Profile Photo small sizeProfessor Rod Phillips was interviewed by The Forward, an online Jewish publication in the US.  They were interested in the reason why the names of kings and other men featured in the Torah are given to so many large-format wine bottles. For example, a 3-litre wine bottle is called a Jeroboam, a 12-litre wine bottle is called a Balthazar, and a 20-litre wine bottle is called a Solomon.

No one knows how these names originated, although there are many theories.  Rod pointed out that the names must be recent, because it was impossible to make bottles in these sizes (and to standardize volumes) until the late 1800s.

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