), a wine bowl
mentioned by Varro among vasa vinaria.
says, “Ubi erat vinam in mensa positum, aut lepestam aut galeolam aut
sinum dicebant; tria enim pro quibus nunc dicimus acratophoron”
(Varr. ap. Priscian. 6.714). It was therefore, like the acratophoron, filled
with pure wine and placed on the table. He speaks, too (L. L.
5.26, 35), of its being used in Sabine sacred rites to hold wine; and says
that it was either of pottery or metal (Varr. ap. Non. 547, 26. See also
916, and Ath.
.). In these instances it seems to be used as a drinking cup.
Its shape may be guessed from its connexion with the word λέπας,
“a limpet,” a more probable source than λάπτω,
“to swallow.” It may be noticed that conversely the Latin word
for limpet is patella.
654; Becker-Göll, Gallus,