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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume I: Books I-VII

Book III,   pp. 121-210

Book IV,   pp. 210-287

Page 210

210               THE DEIPNOSOPHISTS.           [B. IV. 
termination with the discussions about eatables; and the 
next book shall begin the description of the Banquet. 
Do not do so, 0 Athenawus, before you have told us of the 
Macedonian banquet of Hippolochus.-Well, if this is your 
-wish, 0 Timocrates, we will prepare to gratify it. 
1. l:IPPOLOCHUS the Macedonian, my friend Timocrates, lived 
in the time of Lynceus and Douris of Samos, pupils of 
Theophrastus' the Eresian. And he had made a bargain with 
Lynceus, as one may learn from his letters, that if ever he 
was present at any very expensive banquet, he would relate 
to him the whole of the preparations which were made; and 
Lynceus in return made him the same promise. And there 
are accordingly some letters of each of them on the subject 
of banquets; in which Lynceus relates the banquet which 
was given at Athens by Lamia the Attic female flute-player 
to King Demetrius, surnamed Poliorcetes, (and Lamia was 
the mistress of Demetrius.) And Hippolochus reports the 
marriage feast of Caranus the Macedonian. And we have 
also met with other letters of Lynceus, written to the same 
Hippolochus, giving an account of the banquet of King 
Antigonus, when he celebrated the Aphrodisian festival at 
Athens, and also that given by King Ptolemy. And I will 
show you the very letters themselves. But as the letter 
of Hippolochus is very scarce, I will run over to you the 
principal things which are contained in it, just for the sake 
of conversation and amusement at the present time. 
2. In Macedonia, then, as I have said, Caranus made a 
marriage feast; and the guests invited were twenty in 
number. And as soon as they had sat down, a silver bowl 
was given to each of them as a present. And Caranus had 
previously crowned every one of them, before they entered 
the dining-room, with a golden chaplet, and each chaplet was 
valued at five pieces of gold. And when they had emptied 
1 Theophrastus was a disciple of Aristotle, and succeeded him as head 
of the Lyceum, so that this time would be about 310 B.C. 

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