Menander, in his False Hercules, speaks of cheesecakes made in a mould:—
It is not now a question about candyli,And Evangelus, in his Newly-married Woman, says—
Or all the other things which you are used
To mix together in one dish-eggs, honey,
And similago; for all these things now
Are out of place. The cook at present's making
Baked cheesecakes in a mould; and boiling groats
To serve up after the salt-fish,—and grapes,
And forced-meat wrapp'd in fig-leaves. And the maid,
Who makes the sweetmeats and the common cheesecakes,
Is roasting joints of meat and plates of thrushes.
A. Four tables did I mention to you of women,There was a kind of cheesecake called ἄμης. Antiphanes enumerates
And six of men; a supper, too, complete—
In no one single thing deficient;
[p. 1030] Wishing the marriage-feast to be a splendid one.
B. Ask no one else; I will myself go round,
Provide for everything, and report to you.
. . . . . As many kinds of olives as you please;
For meat, you've veal, and sucking-pig, and pork,
A. Hear how this cursed fellow boasts!
B. Forced-meat in fig-leaves, cheese, cheesecakes in moulds-
A. Here, Dromo!
B. Candyli, eggs, cakes of meal.
And then the table is three cubits high;
So that all those who sit around must rise
Whene'er they wish to help themselves to anything,
You would be glad were any one to dressBut the Ionians, as Seleucus tells us in his Dialects, make the accusative case ἄμην; and they call small cheesecakes of the same kind ἀμητίσκοι. Teleclides says—
A cheesecake (ἄμητα) for you.
Thrushes flew of their own accord
Right down my throat with savoury ἀμητίσκοι.