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Chous
(328 words)

(χοῦς, χοεύς; choûs, choeús).

[German version]

[1] Jug or decanter

Jug or decanter (height a little over 20 cm); used on the second day of the  Anthesteria during the wine-drinking competition. Probably used as a measure of volume for the prescribed quantity of wine. On Choes Day the three-year-old children receive a small choes decanter (H 6-8 cm) as a symbol of their entry into life. [2, 50f.; 1, 96ff.].

As a measure of volume for liquids the chous is divided into 12 kotylai and 72 kyathoi and amounts to 1/12 of the metretes. Depending …

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Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover) and Seidlmayer, Stephan Johannes (Berlin), “Chous”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e234330>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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