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FARTOR

FARTOR (σιτευτής) was a slave who fattened poultry. (Col. 8.7.1; Hor. Sat. 2.3, 228; Plaut. True. 1.2, 11.) This form of table luxury was early known to the Greeks, who called such birds σιτευτὰ or σιτιστά (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. Sat. 2.8, 88; Juv. 5.114, with Mayor's note: and on the feeding of altiles among the Romans, AGRICULTURA pp. 78-80; Marquardt, Privatl. 415. Donatus (ad Terent. Eun. 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. Becker-Göll, Gallus, iii. p. 369. The name of fartores or crammers was given in jest to the nomenclatores, who accompanied the candidates for the public offices at Rome, and privately prompted them with the voters' names (Fest. p. 88).

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