). 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.