Nephalia (Gr. νηφάλιος, sober) were festivals and sacrifices of the ancient Greeks, but more especially of the Athenians, and received their name from the circumstance that no wine was offered, but only milk, mead, and other mild liquors. The vine, the fig-tree, and the mulberry were prohibited from being used in the Nephalia because they were looked upon as symbols of drunkenness. See Broughton, Bibliotheca Historica Sacra, 2:162.

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