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p105 Apotheca

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William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

APOTHE′CA (ἀποθήκη), a place in the upper part of the house, in which the Romans frequently placed the earthen amphorae in which their wines were deposited. This place, which was quite different from the cella vinaria, was above the fumarium; since it was thought that the passage of the smoke through the room tended greatly to increase the flavour of the wine (Colum. I.6 §20; Hor. Carm. III.8.11, Sat. II.5.7, and Heindorf's note). The position of the apotheca explains the expression in Horace (Carm. III.21.7), Descende, testa. (Comp. Becker, Gallus, vol. II p169.)


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