Dionysos and the Symposium
Wine, Poets, and Performers in Ancient Greece
Dionysos, god of wine, is the focus of this gallery, which introduces the production of wine and its significance in Greek culture and religion. The gallery explores the all-male drinking parties (symposia) held in his honor and highlights the activities that took place there—philosophical discourse, the performance of poetry and music, drinking games and erotic encounters. Also on display are many types of drinking and serving vessels used in symposia, which often featured images of Dionysos and his retinue.