Wine Mingled with Myrrh

(Mark xv. 23). Called by the Romans Murrhina (vinum myrrha conditum), given to malefactors to intoxicate them, that their sufferings from crucifixion might be somewhat deadened.

“ `Falernum' (that divina potio) was flavoured with myrrh.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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