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The Greek Symposium

Fragment of a Red Figure Column Krater
Fragment of a Red Figure Column Krater by the Leningrad Painter
Greek, ca. 475-450 B.C.E.
Pottery
(98.14a)
Weinberg Fund

The Greek symposium, or drinking party, was an important social institution for the elite male population of Athens and other ancient Greek cities. The highly ritualized procedure involved drinking, conversation, song, riddle telling, and playing of games. This small exhibit displayed a variety of Greek drinking cups, jugs, a mixing bowl, and a ladle, the types of vessels that might have been used at a symposium. A fragmentary Attic red-figure sherd with a scene at a symposium was also featured.

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