), a bucket for drawing water from a draw-well (Dig. 18
Situla of bronze. (Dennis.)
40.6) or for carrying it (Plaut. Amph.
2.2, 30; Isid.
20.15). Those for carrying water were either of
earthenware (as in Egypt) and carried two together by a yoke, or of bronze
(see Marquardt, Privatleben,
p. 656). In Plaut.
2.4, 17, it was a voting-urn; but in this sense we
usually find the diminutive form sitella
2.6, 11; Liv. 25.3
), as also urna
(Verg. A. 6.431
; V. Max.
; Vopisc. Prob.
8). It seems that, as among
the Greeks, the urn in which the lots were placed was filled with water; and
when this was poured out, the lot which appeared first floating on it was
decisive: hence in Plaut. l.c.,
“Situlam huc tecum afferto cum aqua et
” and the expressions in Vopiscus, “qui
” and “Probi
nomen effusum est
” (cf. Cic. in Verr. 2.51, 127
14, 34; Marquardt, Privatl.
548). For the difference between sitella,
urn from which the names of the tribes or centuries were drawn to determine
the order of voting, and cista