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Kantharos

A drinking vessel in ancient Greece, which is also documented in Greek mythology as the drinking vessel of the gods. The cup-shaped vessel was vertically attached to two opposite, widely curved and raised handles, by which it was held with both hands while drinking. The kantharos was also used as a votive offering (votive from Latin votum = vow), which was offered in accordance with a vow (ex voto) at a holy place as a sign of thanks for being rescued from an emergency. It was also often used as a religious cult object. Together with the thyrsos staff, the kantharos was an attribute of the wine god Dionysus, with whom he was often depicted. The tondo (round image) on an Attic drinking bowl dates from 480/470 BC. The goddess Athena fills wine from an oinochoe (wine jug) into the kantharos of the hero Heracles.

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