THE ARCHAIC SECTION

THE CYPRUS WINE MUSEUM IN ERIMI
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THE ARCHAIC SECTION – 800 B.C. to 30 B.C

Here we can see two copies of mosaics from the house of Dionysos in Paphos. The upper one depicts the myth of Ikarios and the First Wine Drinkers. The lower mosaic depicts the triumph of Dionysos. A collection of jugs and bowls dating from 2300 BC-30BC. These are all finds from excavations of the local vicinity. Pictures of artefacts including a ceramic jug, bearing representations of everyday life. Early Bronze Age 2500-1950BC from Pyrgos village. District Archaeological museum of Limassol. The Greeks used to believe that wine was a divine gift and as such they used to treat it with great care and respect. They were also very strict regarding the misuse of wine. Any Greek caught drunk in public was thoroughly punished by the whole Community; even at their symposiums, only 4 goblets of wine were ever offered.

The Greeks used to drink only diluted wine (kekramenos oinos). The first goblet of wine offered, was not diluted (akratos oinos); however this was not intended for consumption and was poured on the floor as an aid to prayer to Dionysos. The second goblet was offered (diluted) in order to prepare symposiums for spiritual conversation. The third goblet was offered in order to prepare their stomach for a substantial meal, and the last goblet offered was intended as preparation to retire to bed.

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