4849

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4849 ~συμπόσιον~ sumposion \@soom-pos’-ee-on\@ from a derivative of the alternate of 4844; ; n n AV-company 1, not tr. 1; Repeated twice in Mark 6:39

1) a drinking party, entertainment
1a) of the party itself, the guests
1b) rows of guests
"The symposium (or symposion) was an important part of ancient Greek culture from the 7th century BCE and was a party held in a private home where Greek males gathered to drink, eat and sing together. Various topics were also discussed such as philosophy, politics, poetry and the issues of the day."
" The equivalent of a Greek symposium in Roman society is the Latin convivium."
Plato in his "Laws" endorses the benefits of the symposium as a means to test and promote virtue in citizens.