Nimbus vitreus (‘glass clouds’), a pun by Martial (14,112), which has been misunderstood mostly since Friedländer's annotations [1. 322] and into the most recent commentary [2. 174] has been misunderstood and is translated as a ‘glass vessel for sprinkling liquids with numerous openings’. What is meant is the effect of such an instrument when wine is sprayed.
1L. Friedländer (ed.), M. Valerii Martialis epigrammat…
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Willers, Dietrich (Berne),
Hurschmann, Rolf (Hamburg),
Renger, Johannes (Berlin) and
Quack, Joachim (Berlin),
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