And that among the ancients the second course used to have a great deal of expense and pains bestowed on it, we may learn from what Pindar says in his Olympic Odes, where he speaks of the flesh of Pelops being served up for food:—
And the ancients often called this second course simply τράπεζαι, as, for instance, Achæus in his Vulcan, which is a satyric drama, who says,—
And in the second course they carved
Your miserable limbs, and feasted on them;
But far from me shall be the thought profane,
That in foul feast celestials could delight.Pind. Ol. i. 80
A. First we will gratify you with a feast;And Aristophanes, in his Wasps, says—
Lo! here it is.
B. But after that what means
Of pleasure will you offer me?
A. We'll anoint you
All over with a richly-smelling perfume.
B. Will you not give me first a jug of water
To wash my hands with!
A. Surely; the dessert (τράπεζα）
Is now being clear'd away.
And Aristotle, in his treatise on Drunkenness, uses the term δεύτεραι τράπεζαι, much as we do now; saying,—“We must therefore bear in mind that there is a difference between τράγημα and βρῶμα, as there is also between ἔδεσμα and τρωγάλιον. For this is a national name in use in every part of Greece, since there is food (βρῶμα) in sweetmeats (ἐντραγήμασι), from which consideration the man who, first used the expression δευτέρα τράπεζα,, appears to have spoken with sufficient correctness. For the eating of sweetmeats (τραγηματισμὸς） is really an eating after supper (ἐπιδορπισμὸς); and the sweetmeats are served up as a second supper.” But Dicæarchus, in the first book of his Descent to the Cave of Trophonius, speaks thus: “There was also the δευτέρα τράπεζα, which was a very expensive part of a banquet, and there were also garlands, and perfumes, and burnt frankincense, and all the other necessary accompaniments of these thing.” [p. 1026]
Bring water for the hands; clear the dessert.Ar. Vespæ, 121