IRON AGE SYMPOSIA AND DRINKING CUPS (1,100-700 B.C.)
The drinking gatherings (symposia) were reserved for the elite, probably allowing political factions to consolidate power and set themselves apart from the population at large. In other words, the drinking gatherings were for the “in” crowd.
At this time, even grave markers for the very wealthy came in the form of the mixing bowls (kraters) used to blend wine with water during symposia. In other words, the ability to sponsor these drinking events was what people wanted to be remembered for.
The drinking cups during this period were simply decorated and rested directly on a base (no stem).