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Kyathos (Ancient Greek: κύαθος - ladle, cup) is an ancient Greek vessel (ladle), used to pour wine from various larger vessels (kraters, hydriai, pelicai, and so on) into drinking cups. During the existence of these vessels, they were made of different materials: from silver and bronze to burnt clay, the latter ones being often painted with red and black figures, and sometimes covered only with black slip.

In the myths about Hercules, a young cupbearer named Kyathos is mentioned, who during a feast, scooping up wine from a vessel with a ceramic ladle to pour it into Hercules' bowl, accidentally broke the high handle of the vessel (which often happens) and spilled wine on the legendary hero. Hercules, not calculating his strength, gave the inattentive young man a flick on the forehead. Although it was a simple flick, it was fatal to the young cupbearer. In memory of this sad event in the homeland of Kyathos, in Aetolia, a grove was planted, called the Grove of the Cupbearer, where a sculpture was placed depicting Kyathos serving the cup to Hercules. Also, in memory of the cupbearer, the ladle vessels were named after him.

Kyathoi made of silver or bronze, most often with a very small bowl diameter (4 to 6 cm), were used to extract wine from amphorae (their necks ranged from 8 to 10-12 cm in diameter). The metal ladles were usually equipped with a long thin looping handles ending in a stylized swan's head.

These vessels were common in various cultures of the Greek period of the 6th-4th centuries BC.

The bronze Kyathos kept at the National Museum of History of Moldova, like most metal objects of this type, has a loop-shaped handle ending in a swan's head and the following characteristics: weight - 116.40 g; maximum length - 31.5 cm; handle width 0.9 -2 cm; diameter of the bowl at the opening - 4.4x5 cm; bowl bottom diameter - 4 cm; bowl height - 2.7 cm.


 
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Conference „30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall”

7 November 2019

 
November 09, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Built over night in August 1961, with the aim of separating East Berlin / East Germany from West Berlin / West Germany, the Berlin Wall is one of the most famous symbols of the Cold War and the Iron Curtain. The fall of the Berlin Wall was also a first step towards the reunification of Germany.

To mark this significant historical moment in Chișinău for Germans in particular, but also for Europeans in general, the German Cultural Center AKZENTE in collaboration with the National Museum of History of Moldova, organized an event with the participation of historians from Germany and the Republic of Moldova.

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18th Symposium on Numismatics

25 October 2019

On October 24 and 25, 2019 National Museum of History of Moldova hosted the 18th edition of the Symposium of Numismatics organized in collaboration with the Institute of Archeology "Vasile Pârvan" of the Romanian Academy in Bucharest and the Numismatic Society of the Republic of Moldova.

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Academic conference HISTORY. ARCHAEOLOGY. MUSEOLOGY, 29th edition

18 October 2019

History is tradition and the National Museum of History of Moldova respects his own traditions. Already at the 29th edition, the yearly Academic Conference of the Museum has gathered again at the table of discussions archaeologists, historians, researchers, museographers, but also all those interested in history on both sides of the Prut River and beyond. The program of the event can be found here.

The academic event was held on October 17 and 18 at the museum and all proceedings will shortly be published in our journal.


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Meeting (in) visible heroines and movie screening

26 September 2019

The stories of the 34 women who had the courage to change the world continues!

On the evening of September 26, the National Museum of History of Moldova hosted a meeting organized by the Polish Institute in Bucharest, dedicated to women. At the event, along with Angela Stafii was discussed the situation of women, challenges, dilemmas, histories and valuable lessons.

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Interactive visit for children with hearing disabilities

25 September 2019

Each year, the museum dedicates the last week of September to supporting the social inclusion of young people with hearing disabilities. On September 25, 30 children from the Professional School no. 11 for children with hearing disabilities, from Chișinău, spent together unforgettable moments at the museum.

Even if deafness is a disability that is not visible, young people who have such deficiencies are exposed daily to the risk of not being accepted by society. Most of them had attended special institutions, starting with kindergarten, where they were assisted by professionals of the gestural language.

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The conference "Căpriana Monastery - 590 years from the first written mention"

12 September 2019

 
On September 12, the Institute of History, the National Museum of History of Moldova and the Cartdidact Publishing House organized the Academic Conference "Căpriana Monastery - 590 years from the first written mention".

During the conference was presented the monograph signed by several authors: Căpriana Monastery with the Condrița Chapel (15th century - beginning of the 21st century).

The event gathered a whole room of historians, researchers, clergy and university students, who came to learn more about the history of one of the oldest monasteries in the Republic of Moldova.

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Activities dedicated to International Children's Day

1 June 2019

On the occasion of the International Children's Day, the National Museum of History of Moldova organized on Saturday, June 1, the activity for children "We assemble history through puzzle".

In this event, the children together with their parents had the opportunity to put together large puzzle pieces on historical themes, a beneficial activity for each member of the family which trains attention and memory, develops fine motor skills of hands, coordination and orientation in space, develops thinking and imagination. Also, the assemblage of large images improves perseverance and trains the ability of not giving up on big issues, as these can be resolved gradually by dividing the work in small steps.


Book presentation „Refugiul regelui suedez Carol al XII-lea (1709-1714) în Imperiul Otoman. Calabalâcul de la Varniţa”, Chișinău, 2019. Editura Lexon-Prim. 516 p. Author: Robert R. Denndorf.

23 May 2019

 
The National Museum of History of Moldova hosted on Thursday, 23 May 2019, the book presentation Refugiul regelui suedez Carol al XII-lea (1709-1714) în Imperiul Otoman. Calabalâcul de la Varniţa, Chișinău, 2019. Editura Lexon-Prim. 516 p. Author: Robert R. Denndorf. The event took place in the Blue Room and gathered together researchers, museographs, pupils and students.


The International Museum Day and European Night of Museums

18 May 2019

 
National Museum of History of Moldova, under the patronage of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research, organized on May 18, 2019, between 10.00 – 24.00, the International Museum Day and European Night of Museums. This year the events was held under the theme “Museums as Cultural Hubs: The future of tradition”.


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#Exhibit of the Month

Kyathos (Ancient Greek: κύαθος - ladle, cup) is an ancient Greek vessel (ladle), used to pour wine from various larger vessels (kraters, hydriai, pelicai, and so on) into drinking cups. During the existence of these vessels, they were made of different materials: from silver and bronze to burnt clay, the latter ones being often painted with red and black figures, and sometimes covered only with black slip. In the myths about Hercules, a young cupbearer named Kyathos is mentioned, who during a feast, scooping up wine from a vessel with a ceramic ladle to pour it into Hercules' bowl, accidentally broke the high handle of the vessel (which often happens) and spilled wine on the legendary hero. Hercules, not calculating his strength, gave the inattentive young man a flick on the forehead...

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