There is also the cantharus. Now, that this is the name of a kind of boat is well known. And that there is a kind of cup also called by this name we find from Ameipsias, in his Men Playing at the Cottabus, or Madness, where he says—
Bring here the vinegar cruets, and canthari.And Alexis, in his Creation (the sentence refers to some one drinking in a wine-shop), says—
And then I saw Hermaiscus turning overAnd Eubulus, who often mentions this cup by name, in his Pamphilus, says—
One of these mighty canthari, and near him
There lay a blanket, and his well-fill'd wallet.
But I (for opposite the house there wasAnd in another place he says—
A wine-shop recently establish'd)
There watch'd the damsel's nurse; and bade the vintner
Mix me a measure of wine worth an obol,
And set before me a full-sized cantharus.
How dry and empty is this cantharus![p. 755] And Xenarchus, in his Priapus, says this—
And again, in another place-
Soon as she took it, she did drink it up,—
How much d'ye think? a most enormous draught;
And drain'd the cantharus completely dry.
Pour, boy, no longer in the silver tankard,And Epigenes, in his Heroine, says—
But let us have again recourse to the deep.
Pour, boy, I bid you, in the cantharus,
Pour quick, by Jove, aye, by the Cantharus,1 pour.
But now they do no longer canthari make,
At least not large ones; but small shallow cups
Are come in fashion, and they call them neater,
As if they drank the cups, and not the wine.