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" At their convivial banquets, among the wealthy classes, when they have finished supper, a man carries round in a coffin the image of a dead body carved in wood, made as like as possible in color and workmanship, and in size generally about one or two... "
Herodotus: A New and Literal Version from the Text of Baehr ; with a ... - Page 126
by Herodotus, Henry Cary - 1848 - 613 pages
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Letters from Catalonia and Other Parts of Spain, Volume 1

Rowland Thirlmere - 1905 - 802 pages
...to Egypt, 454 BC, states that after supper among the wealthy it was the custom for a slave to carry round in a coffin the image of a dead body carved in wood, saying to each : " Look upon this then drink and enjoy yourselves, for when dead you will be like...
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