Ancient wine cup used by Pericles discovered

31st July, 2014 by Rupert Millar

A wine cup believed to have been used by the ancient Athenian statesman, Pericles, has been found in a north Athenian suburb.

The eight centimetre high cup was discovered earlier this week during construction work in the suburb of Kifisia, according to local paper Ta Nea.

Broken into 12 pieces archaeologists found that there were six names scratched into the cup in apparent order of seniority, with none other than Pericles’ name and the name of his elder brother, Ariphron, listed along with Aristides, Diodotos, Daesimos and Efkritos.

Angelos Matthaiou, secretary of the Greek Epigraphis Society, told Ta Nea: “The name Ariphron is extremely rare.

“Having it listed above that of Pericles makes us 99% sure that these are the two brothers.”

To add further credence to the….

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