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.
- Bell krater
- Calyx krater
- Column krater
- Kotyle krater
- Volute krater
- Lebes Gamikos