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Athenaeus of Naucratis / Volume III: Books XII-XV

Book XV,   pp. 1062-1122

Page 1119

And Eumelus, in his Murdered Man. . 2. having said first- 
A. Take now a pitchfork and a lantern (vXvYoXos), 
B. But I now in my right hand hold this fork, 
An iron weapon 'gainst the monsters of the sea; 
And this light too, a well-lit horn lantern (xxvov). 
And Alexis says, in his Midon- 
The man who first invented the idea 
Of walking out by night with such a lantern (xvXvovXov), 
Was very careful not to hurt his fingers. 
59. But the same Alexis says, in his Fanatic- 
I think that some of those I meet will blame 
For being drunk so early in the day; 
But yet I pray you where's a lantern (paeo's) equal 
To the sweet light of the eternal sun! 
And Anaxandrides, in his Insolence, says- 
Will you take your lantern (pavoc') now, and quickly 
Light me a candle (Xv'xvov) l 
But others assert that it is a lamp which is properly called 
bros.   And others assert that    avo's means a bundle of 
matches made of split wood. Menander says, in his Cousins- 
This pavos is quite full of water now, 
I must not shake (oE100) it, but throw it away (c7roGeELW). 
And Nicostratus, in his Fellow-Countrymen, says- 
For when this vintner in our neighbourhood 
Sells any one some wine, or e'en a cpaers, 
Or vinegar, he always gives him water. 
And Philippides, in his Women Sailing together, says- 
A. The pazos did not give a bit of light. 
B. Well, then, you wretched man, could not you blow it l 
60. Pherecrates, in his Crapatalli, calls what we now call 
XvXv"a, XvXvyoV, in this line- 
A. Where were these xvyvEia made ! 
B. In Etruria. 
For there were a great many manufactories in Etruria, as the 
Etrurians were exceedingly fond of works of art. Aristo- 
phanes, in his Knights, says- 
Binding three long straight darts together, 
We use them for a torch (AvXekIs). 
And Diphilus, in his Ignorance, says- 
We lit a candle (xv'XvoY), and then sought a candlestick (xv'Xvuov). 
And Euphorion, in his Historic Commentaries, says that the 
young Dionysius the tyrant of Sicily dedicated, in the Pry- 
taneum at Tarentum, a candlestick capable of containing as 
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