), which literally means
“self-boiling” or “self-cooking,” was the name of
Authepsa. (From the Naples Museum.)
a vessel which was used for heating water, or for keeping it hot. Its form was not
greatly different from that of our modern tea-urn, as shown by the annexed illustration.
Cicerospeaks of authepsae among other costly Corinthian and Delian vessels. In later times
they were made of silver.