this mug is both sympolic and instructive. It symbolizes the harmony(measure) and the must equal distribution between humans,and at the same time it teaches us the abstention from exaggeration and greed.This is why whrn we need to drink, the liquid has to be poured to the circular line on the mug. If the liquid overflows the line then the whole content disappears.This mug was proposed by Zeus to KING MINOS of CRETE in order to teach him that: THE CORRECT RULER MUST TAKE CARE THAT LAWS ESTABLISHED FOR HIS SUBJECTS ARE INSPIRED BY HARMONY (MEASURE) AND EQUALITY SO ALL OF THE WILL FEEL EQUAL
The Mug of Justice
“fair cup”, a Tantalus cup or as o kounenos tsi dikaiosynis, is a form of drinking cup that forces its user to imbibe only in moderation. It allows the user to fill the cup with wine or any other liquid up to a certain level. If they fill the cup only to that level, the imbiber may enjoy a drink in peace. If they exhibit gluttony, however, the cup spills its entire contents out of the bottom (onto the lap of the immodest drinker.