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Tools and technology in Ancient Greece

Cup showing farming

Diameter: 26.500 cm

GR 1906.12-15.1

Cup showing farming

Made in: Greece
Date: about 575-550 BC

Although much of Greece was stony and dry, it was possible to grow crops in some areas. One man painted on this cup is driving a strong ox that is pulling a plough; the other seems to be scattering seed from a small basket.

The goddess of harvests and farming was Demeter, and farming was sometimes called 'the work of Demeter'. On the other side of this cup people are dancing in her honour.