[German version] (ὁ κρατήρ/
ho kratḗr from κεράννυμι,
keránnymi, ‘to mix’; Linear B: acc.
ka-ra-te-ra). Wide-mouthed vessel for mixing water and wine, used at banquets (Hom. Od. 1,110), as well as in sacrificial rites (Hom. Il. 3,269) and religious festivals (Hdt. 1,51). Gyges, Alyattes and Croesus are supposed to have donated splendid large kraters of precious metal to Delphi. Their capacity was given in
amphorae (Hdt. 1,51; 70; cf. Hom. Il. 23,741; Amphora ), their value measured according to weight (Hdt. 1,14; cf. Plin. HN 33,15). Supports for kraters (