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λήκυθος). A vessel with a narrow mouth or neck, from which liquids were poured in drops (guttae); hence its name (Varr. L. L. v. 124 M). Varro goes on to say that for pouring out wine at the banquet it had been superseded by the epichysis and cyathus; but retained its place in sacrificial libations, especially of the domestic sort (Hor. Sat. i. 6, 118, with Orelli's note). The guttus was of the plainest shape and materials; it differed from the capis (also used in sacrifices), epichysis, and urceus in being without a handle; and was usually

Gutti. (British Museum.)

of coarse pottery. It was in common use as an oil-cruet, whether at table (Gell. xvii. 8.5), or at the bath (Juv.iii. 263).

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