1–4 Ath. 15.668e–69e
μνημονεύει τῶν λατάγων καὶ τῶν κοττάβων καὶ ὁ Χαλκοῦς καλούμενος Διονύσιος ἐν τοῖς ἐλεγείοις διὰ τούτων·
1–4 Athenaeus, Scholars at Dinner1
Dionysius called Chalcus (Bronze) mentions the wine drops and games of cottabus2 in his elegies as follows:
- 1The number of poems represented by these fragments is unclear.
- 2The cottabus in its various forms involved basically the throwing of wine drops at a target and the player often dedicated his toss to someone with a view to amorous success. For further details see Athenaeus 11.487d-e, 15.665a-69e, and F. Lissarrague, The Aesthetics of the Greek Banquet (Princeton 1987) 80–86, and cf. Critias fr. 2.