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συνιόντων ἐπὶ δεῖπνον: the feast seems to have been what was known as ἔρανος (a picnic or ‘basket party’), to which each guest brought his own share of the food.

ὄψον: meat, fish, or sauce, originally anything eaten with bread.

εἰς τὸ κοινὸν τιθέναι: to place on the table for common participation.

τό τε μὴ κοινωνεῖν καί: both to refrain from sharing, and.

ἐπεί: since.

ἐπαύοντο πολλοῦ ὀψωνοῦντες: they stopped buying meat at a high price. For the partic., see on ἐσθίοντα 13. 2.

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