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There is also the cottabis. Harmodius of Lepreum, in his treatise on the Laws and Customs of Phigalea, going through the entertainments peculiar to different countries, writes as follows:—“When they have performed all these purificatory ceremonies, a small draught is offered to each person to drink in a cottabis of earthenware; and he who offers it says, 'May you sup well.'” But Hegesander the Delphian, in his Commentaries (the beginning of which is “In the best Form of Government”), says—“That which is called the cottabus has been introduced into entertainments, the Sicilians (as Dicæarchus relates) having been the first people to introduce it. And such great fondness was ex- [p. 765] hibited for this amusement, that men even introduced into entertainments contests, which were called cottabia games; and then cups of the form which appeared to be most suitable for such an exercise were made, called cottabide. And besides all this, rooms were built of a round figure, in order that all, the cottabus being placed in the middle might contest the victory, all being at an equal distance, and in similar situations. For they vied with one another, not only in throwing their liquor at the mark, but also in doing everything with elegance; for a man was bound to lean on his left elbow, and, making a circuit with his right hand, to throw his drops (τὴν λάταγα) over gently—for that was the name which they gave to the liquor which fell from the cup: so that some prided themselves more on playing elegantly at the cottabus than others did on their skill with the javelin.”
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