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This research is part of the ERC Advanced grant project Locus Ludi (no. 741520), which intends to provide a benchmark by reconstructing the history of the ludic culture in the Greco-Roman world.

The kottabos game, held at the end of the symposion, was an important moment of conviviality where the wine consumption plays a central role. Play of skills and dexterity it consists of throwing the last drop of wine from the cup towards a predetermined target. Representations of kottabos have been documented between the 6th and 3rd centuries B.C. on a wide variety of materials and media (figured pottery, mirrors, gems, reliefs, figurines, coins, funerary paintings) from various chrono-cultural areas, from Greece to the shores of Italy.

This database compiles basic informations about known representations of the kottabos game on South Italian pottery, produced and distributed both in Greek and indigenous settlements. It includes short descriptions, images and links to other reference databases. The images of the objects are accessible online if the owning institution has given us permission for diffusion.

Dionysos, Game, Greek vases, Greek world, Iconography, Kottabos, South Italian pottery, Wine

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Locus Ludi database: The Kottabos in the Greek World

Tombe du Plongeur, fresque décorative du mur nord, Paestum, 480-470 av. J.-C., Paestum, Museo Archeologico Nazionale.
Wikimedia Commons, photo by Velvet.
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