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1914 Excerpt: ...multant. 'Not only did cooks steal, but their
patron goddess even was laverna, the goddess of thieves, for in
Plautus, Aulularia, 445, Congrio says, Ita me bene amet Laverna.
Paulus ex Festo, De Ponor under 'Laverniones' tells us,
'Laverniones fures antiqui dicebant, quod sub tutela deae Lavernae
essent.' The only story that we have of an honest cook is the one
told by Augustinus, De Civitate Dei, xxn, 8. A certain cook '
Cattosus ' found an ' anulum aureum in ventriculo piscis,
miseratione flexus et religione perterritus homini eum
reddidit'-who sold him the fish. C. I. L. vi, 49, gives a
characteristic which cooks should possess. Whether they really
conformed to this fitting standard is another question. Bacchum et
Sylenum sobrios vides Sic cocum decet. In Greek Comedy, scenes
which were composed of the jests of cooks were frequently
introduced. These were similar to Pseudolus, in, 2. Athenaeus, xiv,
659, says, /xaXiora yap flffdyovrai (sc. ev Ttj vea
Ktofjioa&ia) ol jj.dyipoi Ctkcotttikoi rivei. Roman cooks also
were fond of jokes, and somewhat given to puns. In Plautus,
Mercator, 748 ff., the cook, who has heen hired by Lysimachus to
dress a dinner for his sweetheart, meets the old gentleman on the
street, with his wife, and thoroughly enjoys the discomfiture to
which he puts him, as he slyly reveals the situation to the jealous
wife: that her husband had employed him to prepare a dinner for
another woman, that he had said that his wife, whom he loathed as a
serpent, was in the country. The old man is at his wits' end and
can only say, 762, Ita me amabit Iuppiter, TTxor, ut ego illud
numquam deixi. In line 768 the cook slyly remarks, Nisi metuis tu
istanc. In the Menaechmi, 220, Cylindrus is directed to buy
provisions for three guests. He inquires w...
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