Ancient Symposium, A theme site full of knowledge and surprises.
“SYMPOSIUM” was established by Georgios and Emmanouel Roussis. We are a family of artists, a father and his son, who have had a passion for sculpture and, lately, for ancient Greek wine-making.
Both Georgios and Emmanouel Roussis studied at the School of Fine Arts in Athens and Florina respectively, at the Department of Sculpture, with a scholarship. They are ordinary members of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts. They have created a variety of sculptural works, such as busts, statues, monuments of modern but also classic art, with either bronze or marble.
In the Sculptor’s Hall discover your own talent in sculpture; touch a selection of sculpting tools and learn how they are used; watch a series of videos on ancient sculpting techniques (ceramics, marble carving, carving on precious stones, lost-wax casting); model and carve an art object under the guidance of an expert sculptor; take your own sculpture home as a souvenir.
In the Gallery Hall find out about ancient warfare through the Greek helmets exhibition, try on a helmet yourself, or just relax listening to good music.
In the winemaker’s hall drink authentic Greek wine from a kylix (the wine-drinking cup of the ancient Greeks); taste original ancient Greek snacks; learn about really old vinification techniques; find out how a home grape mill looked and worked; touch amphorae and other serving gear of the Ancients; watch a short documentary video about the archaeology of wine; sit down on Cretan king Minos’ throne or lie back on an anáklintron (the Greek symposium chaise-longue)
Our esteemed customers can now purchase our highly special, rare wine which carries the salted taste and the vinification techniques used by the ancient Greeks.
Carefully selected herbs blooming in parts of Mount Olympus used in its preparation, the genuine skin of the label that gives an odour of vitality, pure beeswax from honeybees in the fragrant hills and forests of Greece, and above all the beneficial properties of wine for health, all combine to build up a perfect organoleptic effect that carries you thousands of years back to Greek antiquity.
All this packed in a hand-made ceramic bottle, a faithful copy of an ancient Greek amphora, designed by the “Symposium” artists. The packing of our ancient-styled Greek wine is of rare, expensive marble, the same as that used for building the Acropolis of Athens. Keeping the bottle in a marble package ensures an ideally low, stable temperature for the wine – a particular way of preservation in a perfectly natural way. In addition, you can conduct a real wine tasting ritual by drinking the wine through our hand-made cup included, a kylix – just like the ancient Greeks, who used it in order to taste the aromas and flavors of wine in full. The wide surface of the cup provides extended contact with fresh air to the wine, giving the feeling that you drink from a spring of running wine.
39, Doiranis street, 176 72
Kallithea, Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210-9593710