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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume III: Books XII-XV

Book XV,   pp. 1062-1122

Page 1062

[LaI-vat by other tribes of Greece. And Menippus the Cynic, 
in his book called Arcesilaus, writes thus:-" There wvas a 
drinking party formed by a certain number of revellers, and 
a Lacediemonian woman ordered the /JaTTvr'q to be served up; 
and immediately some little partridges were brought in, and 
some roasted geese, and some delicious cheesecakes." 
But such a course as this the Athenians used to call c7r- 
Bop7rtyJua, and the Dorians fw ratKX0V; but most of the Greeks 
called it ia- E'EML7rva. 
And when all this discussion about the vxarriSn was over, 
they thought it time to depart; for it was already evening. 
And so we parted. 
1    E'EN should the Phrygian God enrich my tongue 
With honey'd eloquence, such as erst did fall 
From Nestor's or Antenor's lips,' 
as the all-accomplished Euripides says, my good Timocrates- 
I never should be able 
to recapitulate to you the numerous things which were said 
in those most admirable banquets, on account of the varied 
nature of the topics introduced, and the novel mode in which 
they were continually treated. For there were frequent dis- 
cussions about the order in which the dishes were served up, 
and about the things which are done after the chief part of 
the supper is over, such as I can hardly recollect; and some 
one of the guests quoted the following iambics from The 
Lacedaemonians of Plato- 
Now nearly all the men have done their supper; 
'Tis well.-Why don't you run and clear the tables l 
But I will go and straight some water get 
For the guests' hands; and have the floor well swept; 
And then, when I have offerd due libations, 
I'll introduce the cottabus. This girl 
Ought now to have her flutes all well prepared, 
Ready to play them. Quick now, slave, and bring 
Egyptian ointment, extract of lilies too, 
1 This is one of the fragments of unknown plays of Euripides. 
[B. XV. 

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