A drinking vessel for wine in the antique Greece, which is also used in Greek mythology as the drinking vessel of the gods. To the cup-shaped vessel were vertically two opposite, widely diffused and raised handles attached to which it was held while drinking with both hands. The Kantharos also served as a votive offer (votive of Latin vowel = vows), which was sacrificed according to a vow (ex voto) at holy place as a sign of gratitude for salvation from an emergency. Likewise, he was also often used as a religious cult object. With the thyrsos Kantharos was an attribute of the wine god Dionysos with which this was often presented. The Tondo (round picture) on an Attic drinking bowl dates from the time 480/470 before Christ. The goddess Athena fills out one oinochoe (Wine pot) Wine in the Kantharos of the hero Heracles.
A Kylix (Mz. Kylikes) was a much flatter drinking bowl, in which, in contrast to the Kantharos, the two handles did not protrude beyond the rim of the vessel. In part, these drinking bowls also had a higher foot, which served to drink while drinking. Kantharos and Kylix liked to be among the symposia (Drinking with spirited talks and games) used. See also below crater (antique wine pitcher) and wine vessels,