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Apophorēta


1.

ἀποφόρητα). Presents which were given to friends at the end of an entertainment, to carry home with them (Petron.56). Although the name is Greek, the custom is Roman, for Athenaeus expressly tells us that when Cleopatra presented to Antony and his staff the gold and silver dinner service which they had been using at a banquet in Cilicia, she was imitating a Roman usage. Book xiv. of Martial consists of an introductory epigram and 222 distichs, each describing and designed to accompany one of these presents, which range from nuts to works of art and slaves. The first epigram speaks of the Saturnalia as the special time for their distribution. They were also given at weddings (Juv.vi. 203, schol.).


2.

ἀποφορήτη). A utensil mentioned by Isidore as a kind of plate.

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