"In Vino, Veritas": Ancient Persia's Law To Reconsider Rulings While Drunk

By | September 7, 2019

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In Wine There Is Truth. Source: (Dribbble.com)

Humans throughout history have enacted some rather strange laws. For example, in ancient Rome, common citizens were forbidden from wearing purple. One might think that weird laws like these only existed during ancient times, but you know what they say about assumptions. Today in Alaska, for example, it is illegal to become intoxicated while in a bar. Yes, you read that right, and apparently, the law is actually enforced. However, the most poetic absurdity in lawmaking undoubtedly comes from the phrase "In vino veritas.”

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Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday in Tombstone Sure Believed In Vino Veritas. Source: (magzter.com)

In Vino Veritas in Film

If you're a fan of movies, you may already know what "In vino veritas" means. A few lesser-known films used it as a title. However, the most famous usage in cinema came from Tombstone. Doc Holliday, played by Val Kilmer, utters the slick-sounding phrase during a tense saloon scene. "I'm your huckleberry," indeed.