The Greek term for the male drinking ritual that has been loosely applied to the Etruscan equivalent, most easily seen in the tomb paintings of Tarquinia and the grave goods of many Etruscan tombs. The most notable differences are that the Etruscan equivalent is better designated as a feasting ritual (where eating and roasting are as important as drinking) and that women were present in Etruria on an almost equal footing to the men. A very large amount of the paraphernalia found in Etruscan tombs relates to the symposium, including many drinking vessels, the kottabos, roasting spits, and even the couches on which the dead recline. Many depictions of the deceased are symposium scenes.
   See also WINE.

Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans. .


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  • symposium — sym‧po‧si‧um [sɪmˈpəʊziəm ǁ ˈpoʊ ] noun symposiums PLURALFORM or symposia [ ziə] [countable] a formal meeting in which people involved in a particular business or subject discuss it: • London will be the venue for the annual symposium …   Financial and business terms

  • symposium — 1580s, account of a gathering or party, from L. symposium drinking party, symposium, from Gk. symposion convivial gathering of the educated (related to sympotes drinking companion ), from syn together + posis a drinking, from a stem of Aeolic… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • symposium — index assemblage, conference, meeting (conference), panel (discussion group), parley Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • symposium — /sim pɔsjum/ s. neutro lat., usato in ital. al masch., per lo più solo al sing. [incontro durante il quale si discute sui vari aspetti di un tema] ▶◀ congresso, convegno, convention, forum, giornata di studio, simposio. ‖ incontro, meeting, panel …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • Symposium — Sn Symposion …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

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