The Symposium’s Saucy History

The symposium in ancient Greece was a formal postprandial drinking party for men, during which topics of interest were discussed as tongues were loosened. Plato has famously documented it. In its series, “Archaeology Abridged,” the Archaeological Institute of America is offering a Zoom lecture by Kathleen Lynch, a professor of classics at the University of Cincinnati, to explain the symposium and the influence of drinking on ancient pottery shapes.

“A Toast to Ancient Greek Wine Drinking,” 1 p.m., about 45 minutes long, April 15, free, archaeological.org/archaeology-abridged-webinars.

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