In the past we’ve explored the history of two drinking games for adults, bocce and pétanque, and taught you how to play them. Both are great options, especially when the weather is nice outside, but today we’re going back through history to uncover six forgotten drinking games from around the world.
Kottabos – Ancient Greece
Ancient Greek symposia evoke images of antiquity’s great philosophers sipping wine from ornate cups debating life’s biggest questions. While some symposia were serious affairs others could revolve around Kottabos, a drinking game. Kottabos was a drinking game based around the athletic skill of tossing objects at a target. The primary objective was fairly straightforward: when all that remained in a player’s wine cup (a shallow bowl called a Kylix) were the dregs, he would hold the cup by one of its handles, swing it round, and fling the dregs at a target. The target was a small disc, which would be balanced atop a bronze stand. The goal was to knock the small disc off its stand with your wine’s dregs, so that it fell to a lower, larger platform. If the task sounds difficult enough, a player was expected to perform it from the reclined position one sat in at a symposium. Depending on the rules of the day, various prizes and penalties would be awarded for hitting or missing the mark.