Ancient Greek Lagynos

The ‘lagynos’ was a popular choice of wine jug for the ancient Greeks, featuring a high and narrow neck, a wide body, and a single vertical handle. It was particularly widespread in the Hellenistic period and was a form typical of eastern Greece. The term continued to be used during the Roman period, and was applied to specimens of similar form. Vessels of this kind would probably have been used during symposia: an essential part of male civic life for the ancient Greeks.

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