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 Funeral Banquet.Fungo’so. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Funeral Games.
Public games were held both in Greece and Rome in honour of the honoured dead. Examples of this custom are numerous: as at the death of Azan (son of Arcas, father of the Arcadians); the games instituted by Hercules at the death of Pelops; those held at the death of Œdipus; the games held by Achilles in honour of his friend Patroclos (Homer: Iliad, book xxiii.); those held by Ænas in honour of his father Anchs’es (Virgil: Ænid, book v.); the games held in honour of Miltids (Herodotos); those in honour of Brasdas (Thucydds); and those in honour of Timolon mentioned on Plutarch. The spectators at these games generally dressed in white.   1

 Funeral Banquet.Fungo’so. 


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