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αὐθέψης), 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.

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