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Pythagoras Ceramic Cup with Poseidon

Handmade Greek ceramic pythagorean cup depicting Poseidon, the god of the sea

Handmade Greek ceramic pythagorean cup depicting Poseidon, the god of the sea. A lovely souvenir from Greece. 

According to tradition, Pythagoras, a greek philosopher and mathematician who lived in Samos in the 5th B.C., created the Greedy Cup, also known as Pythagorean cup, in order to teach the citizens of Samos the virtue of moderation, equality and justice. While using the cup, one has to make sure that the cup is not filled over the limit, which is inscribed on the inside of the cup, otherwise, its entire content will be spilled. 

Poseidon  was one of the Twelve Olympian deities in classical Greek and Roman
religion. His Roman equivalent is Neptune. Poseidon was associated with the sea, storms, earthquakes and horses and was the protector of seafarers, and of many Hellenic cities and colonies. In Greek art Poseidon is usually portrayed on his chariot, that was pulled by a hippocampus or horses that could ride on the sea or dolphins, holding a three-pronged fish spears (tridents).

According to the Greek Mythology, Poseidon was the second son of the Titan Cronus and Gaia, brother of Zeus and Hades. After the defeat of his father, Cronus, the world, apart from the earth and Mount Olympus, was divided in his three sons: Zeus was given the sky, Hades the underworld and Poseidon the sea.

One of the most famous myths about Poseidon is that one of the mythical battle between him and Athena, the goddess of wisdom, over patronage of the city of Athens. Athena won the battle and became the protectress of the city, which was named after her. After the fight, Poseidon sent a monstrous flood to the Attic Plain, to punish the Athenians for not choosing him. 

The cup is suitable for use (containg wine, water etc.)


10 x 12.5 x 10 centimeters
3.94 x 4.92 x 3.94 inches






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