There is the pella. This is a vessel resembling the scyphus, having a wider bottom, into which men used to milk the cattle. Homer says—
Thick as beneath some shepherd's thatch'd abode,But Hipponax calls this pellis; saying,—
The pails πέλλαι high foaming with a milky flood,
The buzzing flies, a persevering train,
Incessant swarm, and chased, return again.
Drinking from pellides; for there was notshowing, I imagine, very plainly that the pellis was not a drinking-cup, but that on this occasion they use it as one, from want of a regular culix. And in another place he says—
A culix there,—the slave had fallen down,
And broken it to pieces;
And they at different times from out the pellaBut Phœnix the Colophonian, in his Iambics, interprets this word as identical with the phiala; saying,— [p. 792]
Did drink; and then again Arete pledged them.
For Thales,—honestest of all the citizens,And in another part he says—
And, as they say, by far the best of men
Who at that time were living upon earth,—
Took up a golden pellis.
And with one hand he pours from out the pellis,But Clitarchus, in his Dialects, says that the Thessalians and Aeolians call the milk-pail pelleter; but that it is a drinking-cup which they call pella. But Philetas, in his Miscellanies, says that the Bœotians give the name of pelleter to a culix.
Weak as he was in all his limbs and fingers,
A sharp libation of sour vinegar,
Trembling, like age, by Boreas much shaken.