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Chrysendĕta

χρυσένδετα). Metal dishes (lances) used by the Romans for serving up food at table. Martial mentions them several times (ii. 43; ii. 53; vi. 94; xi. 30; xiv. 97) as in use by the wealthy, and specially notices mullet as being served upon them. The derivation of the word and the epithet flava applied to them by Martial render it probable that these dishes were made of silver, and were adorned (probably on the rim) with ornaments in relief, wrought in gold and attached by means of soldering or riveting.

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