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Getty Villa Offers Lecture on Drinking Rituals of Ancient Greece
Drinking in the Greek Manner: A Brief History of the Symposion
At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Villa
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Wine Cup with Symposion Scenes (detail), about 450-440 B.C. Attributed to the Euaion Painter. Greek.
Terracotta, ancient bronze repair. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Villa Collection, Malibu, California,
Symposion is Greek for "drinking together"—reclining on couches and enjoying the famous triad of "wine, women and song." The ancient Greeks adapted rituals of communal drinking from the Near East, but they turned them into a style of life: this was euphrosyne (bliss), the highest form of pleasure, and the focus of aristocratic Greek art and culture.
While guests at the Getty Villa’s wine tasting will remain upright, they will have the opportunity to achieve bliss with four distinctive wines selected with ancient traditions in mind. Three wines are from vintners who are fermenting grapes using terracotta vessels partially buried in the ground, similar to methods used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. The fourth wine is made from grapes indigenous to the Greek Islands dating back 3,500 years.
The wine list for the tasting includes a 2001 Gravner Anfora Bianco Breg, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy, a 2009 Azienda Agricola COS Pithos, Sicily, Italy, a 2009 Del Dotto Clay Vessel Zinfandel, Napa Valley, California, and a 2010 Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri, Santorini, Greece.
The museum galleries will be open before and after the lecture where vessels used in a symposion are on view.
Drinking in the Greek Manner: A Brief History of the Symposion will take place on Saturday, July 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Villa Auditorium for the lecture and the Inner Peristyle for the wine tasting. Appetizers are included. Tickets are $60 and can be reserved by calling (310) 440-7300 or by visiting:
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