There is another kind of cup called celebe. And this description of drinking-cup is mentioned by Anacreon, where he says—
Come, O boy, and bring me nowBut it is uncertain what description of cup it is, or whether every cup is not called celebe, because one pours libations into it (ἀπὸ τοῦ χέειν λοιβὴν),or from one's pouring libations (λείβειν). And the verb λείβω is applied habitually to every sort of liquid, from which also the word λέβης is derived. But Silenus and Clitarchus say that celebe is a name given to drinking-cups by the Aeolians. But Pamphilus says that the celebe is the same cup which is also called thermopotis, a cup to drink warm water from. And Nicander the Colophonian, in his Dialects, says that the celebe is a vessel used by the shepherds in which they preserve honey. For Anti- machus the Colophonian, in the fifth book of his Thebais, says— [p. 758]
A celebe, that I may drink
A long deep draught, and draw no breath.
It will ten measures of water hold,
And five of mighty Chian wine.
He bade the heralds bear to them a bladderAnd in a subsequent passage he says—
Fill'd with dark wine, and the most choice of all,
The celebea in his house which lay,
Fill'd with pure honey.
But taking up a mighty celebeumAnd again he says—
In both his hands, well filled with richest honey,
Which in great store he had most excellent.
And golden cups of wine, and then besides,And in this passage he very evidently speaks of the celebeum as some kind of vessel distinct from a drinking-cup, since he has already mentioned drinking-cups under the title of δέπαστρα. And Theocritus the Syracusan, in his Female Witches, says—
A celebeum yet untouch'd by man,
Full of pure honey, his most choice of treasures.
And crown this celebeum with the wool,And Euphorion says—
Well dyed in scarlet, of the fleecy sheep.
Or whether you from any other streamAnd Anacreon says—
Have fill'd your celebe with limpid water.
And the attendant pour'd forth luscious wile,But Dionysius, surnamed the Slender, explaining the poem of Theodoridas, which is addressed to Love, says that celebe is a name given to a kind of upstanding cup, something like the prusias and the thericleum.
Holding a celebe of goodly size.