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Kottabos

Skill game in the antique Greece, which was especially popular in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. It was exclusively used by men at the symposia (Drinking events) played. It was described by Aeschylos, Antiphanes, Aristophanes, Euripides and Sophocles, who also played it themselves. Scenes from the game are shown on vases from this period. Lying on the sofa, a few drops of wine had to be thrown in as high a bow as possible to a serving bowl (Kottabeion). The target should be hit without a drop, with a loud clapping. This was after drinking in the kantharos remaining last sip used. There were numerous variants with different targets such as figures being hit or floating bowls that had to be sunk. Depending on the success, a love oracle was associated with it. Other common practices in ancient Greece and Rome related to wine consumption are among the keywords Dionysos. Satyricon and drinking culture described.


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