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Graced with Attic salt

Posted by David FG on May 19, 2009 at 19:22

In Reply to: Graced with Attic salt posted by ESC on May 19, 2009 at 18:35:

: I've been doing some genealogy research. Looking through a hometown newspaper -- March 1970 -- I found this filler:

: His speech was graced with Attic salt is used to mean a certain wit or vigor of style in writing in reference to the superior quality attributed to Athenian works. The Roman style was heavier, less spirited.

: Anyone know what "Attic salt" means?

It is a subtle, refined wit supposedly characteristic of (ancient) Athenians.