) was a slave who
fattened poultry. (Col. 8.7.1
; Hor. Sat.
2.3, 228; Plaut. True.
This form of table luxury was early known to the Greeks, who called such
(Epigenes ap. Ath. ix. p. 384 a = fr.
2 M.; other quotations ap. Ath. xiv. p. 656 e, &c.).
For the foies gras
of ancient times, cf. Hor.
2.8, 88; Juv.
, with Mayor's note: and on the feeding of altiles
among the Romans, AGRICULTURA
415. Donatus (ad
2.2, 26) says that
the name was given to a maker of sausages, and Orellius (on Hor. Sat.
2.3, 228) prefers this explanation; but comp.
iii. p. 369. The
name of fartores or crammers
was given in jest to
who accompanied the
candidates for the public offices at Rome, and privately prompted them with
the voters' names (Fest. p. 88).