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CRATI´CULA

CRATI´CULA the diminutive of crates, seems always to mean a gridiron (Mart. 14.221). In Petronius (Sat. 31 and 70) it is of silver, and brought to table by the slaves; an anticipation of the modern “silver grill.” In Cato (Cat. Agr. 13.1), the true reading is probably lucernas craticulas, “wicker lanterns.” Several ancient gridirons, found at Pompeii, are now in the Naples Museum.

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