known as symposia (e.g. Plato's philsosophical work 'The Symposium'
relates the happenings at a drinking party attended by Socrates,
Aristophanes and others). This one is preserved by Athenaeus in the "Sophists at Dinner"
(deipnosophistai), from AD 2-3;
ὑγαίνειν μὲν ἄριστον ἀνδρὶ θνητῷ,
δεύτερον δὲ καλὸν φυὰν γενέσθαι,
τὸ τρίτον δὲ πλουτεῖν ἀδόλως,
καὶ τὸ τέταρτον ἡβᾶν μετὰ τῶν φίλων.
To be healthy is best for a mortal man,
second to have a good nature,
third to be wealthy without fraud,
and fourth to be in the prime of life with his friends.
Hmm. Must learn to pronounce Greek.