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Then there is the κύπελλον. Now, is this the same as the ἄλεισον and the δέπας, and different from them only in name
Then rising, all with goblets (κυπέλλοις) in their hands,
The peers and leaders of the Achaian bands
Hail'd their return.
Or was their form different also? For this kind has not the character of the amphicupellum, as the depas and aleison have, but is only of a curved form. For the κύπελλον is so called from its curved shape, as also is the ἀμφικύπελλον. Or is it so called as being in shape like a milk-pail (πέλλα), only contracted a little, so as to have an additional curve? And the word ἀμφικύπελλα is equivalent to ἀμφίκυρτα, being so called from its handles, because they are of a curved shape. For the poet calls this cup—
Golden, two-handled.
But Antimachus, in the fifth book of his Thebais, says—
And heralds, going round among the chiefs,
Gave each a golden cup (κύπελλον) with labour wrought.
And Silenus says, the κύπελλα are a kind of cup resembling the σκύφα, as Nicander the Colophonian says—
The swineherd gave a goblet (κύπελλον) full to each.
And Eumolpus says that it is a kind of cup, so called from its being of a curved shape (κυφόν.) But Simaristus says that this is a name given by the Cyprians to a cup with two handles, and by the Cretans to a kind of cup with two handles, and to another with four. And Philetas says that the Syracusans give the name of κύπελλον to the fragments of barley-cakes and loaves which are left on the tables.

There is also the κύμβη. Philemon, in his Attic Dialect, calls it “a species of κύλιξ.” And Apollodorus, in his treatise on Etymologies, says, that the Paphians call a drinking-cup κύμβα.

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