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Sybaris

A Greek colony in S. Italy, founded about 720 B.C.; destroyed by the Crotonians about 510 B.C. The people were greatly addicted to luxury, hence the term Sybarite.

Harper’s Book of Facts, 1905.

Agrodolche

This Italian sweet-and-sour sauce has been served since Roman times. It consists of brown sugar, currants or raisins, chocolate, candied peel, garlic, bay leaves, capers and vinegar. 

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.