Kotyle


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Kotyle

An ancient Greek unit of volume approximately equivalent to 272.8 milliliters. It was also called a hemina or, when measuring liquid volume, a trublion.
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Likewise, when Smicrines complains about Charisius drinking wine which he buys at one obol a kotyle in Menander's Epitrepontes (127-31), it is not so much his stinginess which is being attacked nor his son-in-law's extravagance, but the manner of Charisius' drinking--not in a gentlemanly symposium with gentlemanly friends, but among the low-life in a plebeian bar.
More plausible in the present context, however, is some form of the name of the god Apollo in the Doric dialect, as Bassett himself suggested in his field notebook; compare the painted label of this god in a chariot on a fragment of a Corinthian kotyle from Delphi.