The earliest written mention of the Lovelab comes from a letter
written in 331 B. C. by the Greek philosopher Aristotle to Phyrocristus, a
physician in the army of Alexander the Great. -----
"Dear Phy -
Here in Athens, the Lycaum goes well, except that half of the
students (mostly the premeds) continually ask if they have to know the material
for the test. This is disheartening to me, but I am trying to be philosophical
about it. (And who said we savants can't tell a joke).
I have just returned from Chalkis, up on the Euboian coast,
there to gather further information for my studies on animals. Here I chanced
upon a group dedicated to learning about the fishes. Calling themselves the
Lovelab, they live in an abandoned olive mill and beg money from the local
government in order to pursue their work. While they do seem to know something
of the local fishes, they also drink too much ouzo and glut themselves on
those little fried eels, the species of which escapes me.
Please remind Alexander to wash his hands after every battle
and, when he conquers Persia, to send me a rug large enough for my breakfast
From: The Letters of Aristotle,translated by the Rev. Clifton Alfred Rodribb, M. A., Late Fellow of Caius College, Cambridge. 1884. Crabble and Sons, Cowstroke-on-Thames.
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