Eggs too often formed a part of the second course, as did hares and thrushes, which were served up with the honey-cakes; as we find mentioned by Antiphanes in the Leptiniscus, where he says,—
A. Would you drink Thasian wine?And in his Things resembling one another, he says,—
B. No doubt, if any one
Fills me a goblet with it.
A. Then what think you
B. I feel very friendly to them,
They mingle well with honey.
A. If a man
Should bring you honied cheesecakes?
B. I should eat them,
And swallow down an egg or two besides.
Then he introduced a dance, and after that he served upAnd Amphis, in his Gynæcomania, says,—
A second course, provided well with every kind of dainty.
A. Did you e'er hear of what they call a ground1 life?Anaxandrides, in his Clowns, says,—
. . . . . . . . 'tis clearly
Cheesecakes, sweet wine, eggs, cakes of sesame,
Perfumes, and crowns, and female flute-players.
B. Castor and Pollux! why you have gone through
The names of all the dozen gods at once.
And when I had my garland on my head,Clearchus says in his Pandrosus,—
They brought in the dessert (ἡ τράπεζα), in which there were
So many dishes, that, by all the gods,
And goddesses too, I hadn't the least idea
There were so many different things i' th' house;
And never did I live so well as then.
A. Have water for your hands:And Eubulus, in his Campylion, says,—
B. By no means, thank you;
I'm very comfortable as I am.
A. Pray have some;
You'll be no worse at all events. Boy, water!
And put some nuts and sweetmeats on the table.
A. Now is your table loaded well with sweetmeats.Alexis, too, says in his Polyclea, (Polyclea was the name of a courtesan,)— [p. 1027]
B. I am not always very fond of sweetmeats.
He was a clever man who first inventedAnd in his Female Likeness (but this same play is attributed also to Antidotus) he says,—
The use of sweetmeats; for he added thus
A pleasant lengthening to the feast, and saved men
From unfill'd mouths and idle jaws unoccupied.
A. I am not one, by Aesculapius!But Apion and Diodorus, as Pamphilus tells us, assert that the sweetmeats brought in after supper are also called ἐπαίκλεια.
To care excessively about my supper;
I'm fonder of dessert.
B. 'Tis very well.
A. For I do hear that sweetmeats are in fashion,
For suitors when they're following . . .
B. Their brides,—
A. To give them cheesecakes, hares, and thrushes too,
These are the things I like; but pickled fish
And soups and sauces I can't bear, ye gods!