The symposium was a drinking party held by elite Greek men.
Gathering at a private home in a room called the andron, guests reclined on couches and drank wine mixed with water. Conversations ranged from debates on politics and philosophy to light-hearted banter and gossip, becoming increasingly raucous as the night wore on. Led by a chosen master of ceremonies, participants were encouraged to recite poetry and perform songs. Musicians playing lyre or flute, and dancers and courtesans further entertained the revellers.