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SCUTELLA (Cic. Tusc. 3.19, 46) is rightly explained by Rich as a small tray or salver on which cups could be placed, and not a saucer or dish like its French derivative écuelle: for in Ulp. Dig. 34, 2, 20.10, scutellae are defined as “quae aliquid sustineant,” and are specially distinguished from vessels “quae aliquid in se recipiant edendi bibendive causa paratum.” (Cf. Becker-Göll, Gallus, 3.395.)


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