On 08 June 2013 at 16:00

A Flow of Wine. Rhyta in Hellenistic Egypt and abroad, a Persian Legacy

Dr. Robert Lunsingh Scheurleer

Rhyton denotes a horn shaped container with a small opening at the lower end from which wine can flow either directly in the mouth or in a cup. Often made of precious materials, the lower end plastically shaped, the vessels served during the symposium. The word rhyton comes from the Greek rhutón, connected with the verb rhein, to flow. Rhyta are of Persian descendance, With the Persian domination of Egypt (ca. 525-405 BC and from ca. 341 untill Alexander took over the country) they were introduced in Egypt. From the prosperous Hellenistic period examples in silver, glass and faience have been preserved. Outside Egypt rhyta come from all parts of the classical world. Originally associated with the proverbial Persian luxury, they become part of the tableware of the rich and affluent and are imitated in cheaper pottery.



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On 08 June 2013 at 16:00

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Dr. Robert Lunsingh Scheurleer

Former Chief Curator and Director of the Musée Allard Pierson (Amsterdam), professor of Greek Art and Archaeology, University of Gent.