Symposium: Sharing Wine and Women
Dr Anthi Dipla
Anthi Dipla is a Classical archaeologist/art historian who has graduated from Oxford University (MA, PhD). She has participated in excavations, scientific projects and conferences in Greece, Cyprus and abroad. Her research has been focused on Greek vase painting, iconography, and mythology, with further interests in women studies, social history, ancient Greek theatre, and cultural exchange in the ancient Mediterranean world, and has been published extensively in international peer-reviewed periodicals and books. As an adjunct professor she has affiliated herself to various universities in Greece and abroad, including the UK and the USA, and she currently teaches at the Hellenic Open University and the Open University of Cyprus. As a tour guide, she has joined various Greek and foreign tour operators, specializing in VIP clients.
About the tour
In ancient Greece, men of the house regularly hosted a symposium, a drinking party, in a closed-off space, appropriately called andron, the men’s place. The symposium aimed primarily to promote bonds through common drinking, as its name suggests in Greek, and shared experiences. As witnessed in many vase scenes and accounts in literature, men and their friends drank, sang, talked, joked, played music and games, and entertained themselves, sharing among them not only wine, but also women; not their solemn wives, mothers, or daughters, who were excluded from these activities, but visiting women, hired to offer amusement or sex. These private banquets essentially brought the brothel into the house, offering liberal sexual pleasures, without violating the productive sexuality of respectable women of the house. Wine, always diluted with water, since only barbarians were thought to drink their wine straight, induced merrymaking and lubricated shared experiences.
In Athens, the symposium, originally reserved for the aristocratic elite, soon spread to the lower classes under the Athenian democracy. Serving as a microcosm of Classical Athenian society, the symposium reflected and shaped the social norms of Athens, promoting male companionship and political equality, and female control and submission.
How it Works
This tour has been designed for virtual presentation. This is a group that accommodates up to 100 participants at a time.Once you book this experience, we will send you a confirmation email with a link to join the session. You can access the tour via the link provided.
What you need
In order to stream the session, you need a stable internet connection and a desktop, laptop or mobile device.