shallow vessel without a handle, so called because it was shaped something
like a boat (cf. CYMBIUM
the English “sauce-boat” ), used as a drinking cup (Plaut.
4.5, 11; Bacch.
earthenware, sometimes metal; e. g. of brass (Lucret. 6.1045), of silver
d; Cic. Ver. 4.17, 37
). It was used
also for dipping and pouring water over the body in the bath (Athen. 11.501
1.3, 43). In Plut. Num.
a brazen σκάφιον
) is used to relight the sacred fire
p. 514], being
doubtless a primitive substitute for a concave mirror or burning-glass, and
retained by religious conservatism.
Scaphium also=a matella
of the same shape (Juv. 6.264
, &c.). For the explanation of
Vol. I. p. 498 a.