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A vessel for mixing wine. The krater has a wide mouth and a deep, broad body, resting on a foot.

The Greeks rarely drank their wine "neat," and there are numerous representations on vases showing kraters serving as wine bowls.

Term: "krater" means "mixing bowl" in Greek. Although there are several forms of kraters, their ancient names have not been identified. The restriction of the term to footed vessels is a modern convention.

    Hom. Od. 1.110: In Odysseus's house, attendants are "mixing wine and water in kraters" for the suitors."
    "They are mixing kraters (of wine)," the herald says in Aristoph. Eccl. 841.

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