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Headword: *ko/ttabos
Adler number: kappa,2154
Translated headword: kottabos, cottabus
Vetting Status: high
[Meaning] a drop of wine.[1] A bronze bowl, which during dinner they set full of wine, then pouring into small cups they used to toss [wine] from a height [into it] so as to make a noise, which was called kottabos; the [drop] which made the biggest noise was praised; and those who did this [were called] methusokottaboi ["kottabos-drunkards"].[2]
Greek Original:
*ko/ttabos: la/tac. xalkh= fia/lh, h(\n metacu\ tou= dei/pnou e)ti/qesan oi)/nou peplhrwme/nhn, ei)=ta ei)s mikra\ poth/ria e)mbalo/ntes a)po\ u(/yous e)rri/ptoun, e)pi\ tw=| yo/fon a)potele/sai, o(\s e)kalei=to ko/ttabos: e)ph|nei=to de\ o( mei/zona yo/fon poiw=n: kai\ mequsoko/ttaboi oi( tou=to e)rgazo/menoi.
From a scholion on Aristophanes, Acharnians 525 (web address 1); see also kappa 2152, kappa 2153.
[1] cf. lambda 142, lambda 143.
[2] cf. mu 441.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: comedy; daily life; definition; ethics; food; trade and manufacture
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 1 February 2009@21:55:36.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 2 February 2009@03:02:07.
David Whitehead on 13 March 2013@09:13:54.
Catharine Roth (upgraded link) on 7 April 2013@01:51:01.


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