(derived from κῶμος
, according to Varr. de Ling. Lat
. 7.89, but
more exactly from κωμάζειν
: Roby, Lat. Gr
. § 189,
2.3), the name of a drinking entertainment, which took place after the CENA
from which, however, it must
be distinguished. Thus Demetrius says to his guests, after they had dined in
his own house, “Quin comissatum ad fratrem imus?” (Liv. 40.7
); and when
Habinnas comes to Trimalchio's house after taking his cena elsewhere, it is
said that “Comissator intravit” (Petron. 65). It appears to
have been the custom to partake of some food at the comissatio (Suet.
13), but usually only as a kind of relish to the
The comissatio was frequently prolonged to a late hour at night (Suet. Tit. 7
); whence the verb comissari
means “to revel” (Hor. Carm. 4.1.11
), and the substantive
a “reveller” or
“debauchee.” Hence Cicero (Cic.
) calls the supporters of Catiline's conspiracy comissatores conjurationis.
i. p. 203.)