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(κάνθαρος; kántharos).

Goblet-shaped drinking vessel with high loop-shaped handles ( Vessels fig. D 5). Attribute of Dionysus, associated in particular with his cult and the cult of heroes and the dead. Recent research doubts that Cantharus is the name of a giant in the Siphnian frieze of Delphi, despite the helmet crest's motif in shape of a kantharos. Shape emerged in Helladic times, with high base only around 600 BC. Profane variations in late classical and Hellenistic tableware (kantharos with thumb plates). The so-called Cabiri kantharoi belong to the skyphoi ( Skyphos).


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“Kantharos”, 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 19 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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