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Kottabos

Game of skill in ancient Greece, which was particularly popular in the 5th and 4th centuries BC. It was played exclusively by men at the symposia (drinking bouts). 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 time. Lying on the sofa, a few drops of wine had to be hurled in as high an arc as possible towards a bowl (kottabeion) serving as a target. The target was to be hit with audible clapping without spilling a drop. The last sip remaining in the Kantharos after drinking was used for this purpose. There were numerous variations with different targets such as figures to be hit or floating bowls to be sunk. Depending on the success, a love oracle was also associated with this. Other customs related to wine enjoyment common in ancient Greece and Rome are described under the keywords Dionysus, Satyricon and drinking culture.

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