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The Rise of the Greek Aristocratic Banquet

Marek Wecowski


The goal of this book is to offer a comprehensive account of the rise of the symposion. It proved necessary to begin with an attempt to grasp the essential features of the symposion before enquiring into its origins. The symposion is broadly defined as a culture-oriented aristocratic banquet. It was a nocturnal wine drinking party whose participants ritually competed in diverse cultural pastimes. The book consists of two main units. Part I, Defining the Symposion (Chapters 1 and 2), is a detailed presentation of the symposion and of the social group involved, i.e. archaic and early classical G ... More

Keywords: symposion, aristocratic banquet, Greek aristocracy, drinking party, wine, polis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684014
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684014.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marek Wecowski, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Ancient History, Institute of History, University of Warsaw