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.