2–3 Cistae. Cista Ficoroniana. 561(a) Dindia Macolnia fileai dedit. b) Novios Plautios med Romai fecid. 562(c) Maqolnia (?) 4

(ii) Another bronze casket, depicting a rustic kitchen-scene; c. 250–235 b.c. Two (or more?) slave-cooks preparing a savoury meal. The inscriptions run partly from right to left as shewn here below. It is usually assumed that half a dozen people are

560(a)Confice piscim. → (b) Coeci alia. ← (c) Cofeci. ← (d) Feri Porod. ← 5(e) Made mi recie. →
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    crevi alia coni. Diehl coëmi alia Ribezzo coepi alia vel coenalia Duvau coena pia coni. Lindsay
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(b) Toilet-caskets.

(i) A bronze toilet-casket made by Novius for Dindia Macolnia. c. 250–235 b.c. On the lid.1

(a) Dindia Macolnia gave this to her daughter.

(b) Novius Plautius made me at Rome.

Under one of the legs.

(c) Maqolnia2?


preparing one dish, but it seems to me there are two people only preparing several dishes for one meal. I have called the two persons A and B and have added what they appear to me to be doing.

A (who is cutting up a fish).

(a) Prepare the fish!

B (taking down the lower part of a pig).

(b) I’ve made the garlic3 patties thick.

B (4) with a dish of fish?-cakes in one hand and a knife in the other).

(c) I’ve prepared it.

A (holding out a dish to B).

(d) Beat it up with a leek!5

B (Stirring and addressing a large cauldron).

(e) Boil for me royally!6

DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.archaic_latin_inscriptions_i_inscriptions_proper_inscriptions_movable_articles.1940