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Kottabos

Skill game in antique Greece, which was particularly popular in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. It was used exclusively by men in the symposia (Drinking binge) played. It was described by Aeschylus, 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 as high as possible after a bowl (kottabeion) serving as the target. The target should be hit with a clapping sound without spilling a drop. After drinking in the kantharos remaining sip used. There were numerous variants with different goals such as figures to be hit or floating bowls that had to be sunk. Depending on the success, there was also a love oracle associated with it. Other key customs in ancient Greece and Rome in connection with wine consumption are among the keywords Dionysos. Satyricon and drinking culture described.


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