Symposium, a drinking party – One Wine Thought #1


What is up guys? Julien Miquel here of Social Vignerons.
Welcome back to another wine video. This is iteration 1 of a new video series… series that we are going to be calling
‘One Wine Thought’. Short clips to have us thinking… and conversing about wine and its culture,
in a broad sense. Do you know the the origin of the world symposium?
Well, in ancient Greek symposium literally means: to drink together. That’s right!
Essentially, a symposium was a drinking session but not with any drink, of course,
with the drink of gods: wine. Back then… a symposium was a part of a banquet
that took place after the meal or after dinner essentially, when drinking for
pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals, or conversation.
Here are a few images of ancient times’ symposia. In a symposium wine helped the
participants’ speech and ideas flow more freely because, you know, wine helps for these kind of things, and therefore… allowed them to go further into debating,
pushing political philosophical and sociological thoughts deeper and father.
It was essentially a parenthesis in their life where freedom of speech and
political incorrectness was allowed. Many famous Greek philosophers have written, or wrote
about what took place in a symposium, including Plato, Socrates, or Xenophon,
and many others. A symposium was an exchange of low-level simple
pleasures of life as well as high-level as you know an exchange of high-level
ideas and knowledge. Back then, abundant wine… was a critical part of symposium.
Now of course, as we all know, a symposium has come to mean an academic conference or meeting,
such as a scientific conference for example. That’s one interesting wine thought,
isn’t it? Now, question: why do you think wine was so important to Ancient Greek philosophers and their thinking during the symposia?
Also, if you do have… some stimulating wine thoughts that
you’d like to share. I might make a video out of it. Let me know in the comments.
That would be much appreciated! Thank you very much for watching, and I will see you soon in the wonderful world of wine. I hope you enjoyed this video
and I will see you soon… in the wonderful world of wine.
Cheers! Yasu as the Greek say, or as we say in French: santé. Salud!

2 thoughts on “Symposium, a drinking party – One Wine Thought #1

  • Interesting to observe how the cradle of culture has developed over the past two and a half thousand years since Plato penned The Symposium. We still get lubricated (such an understated word) when we have a get together with our mates but usually fall short of Socrates I'm afraid. Yasou. WT

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