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That the visibility of the inscriptions perhaps demonstrates Trimalchio's bad taste, as weight inscriptions were normally on the underside of a vessel. 8 On this subject and for much of what follows see Baratte 1985; Baratte 1986, 15±17. 9 Martin 1984b, 387±90; but for cautionary remarks see Baratte 1993, 263. 10 Maiuri 1933, 391 n. 48. Berthouville: Babelon 1916; Hildesheim: Pernice and Winter 1901; Boscoreale: HeÂron de Villefosse 1899. 11 HeÂron de Villefosse 1899, nos. 61, 67, 70, 84±87, 88±90.

29 Baratte 1986, 23±4. 26 17 division of silver table plate into show plate, drinking silver, eating silver, and toilet silver, has relied much more strongly on study of the composition of the main silver treasures and on the gathering of reliable comparative evidence from archaeological contexts. 32 All this research has shown that comparison with illustrated and written sources, as well as with objects such as samian pottery and other red slip ware, the richest of the funerary groups and the hoards of bronze vessels, can define the functions of many of the types of silver vessels.

G. Baratte and Painter 1989, 116±18, nos. 52±7, two sets of three cups; Tivoli: Oliver 1977, 106, nos. 63± 40 5; Kaufmann-Heinimann 1997, 94. Preisigke 1922. 41 Pernice and Winter 1901, 26±7 (pls. IV/V), 30±1 (pl. VIII), 45±6 (pl. XXI), 48±9 (pl. XXIV), 57 (pl. XXIX), 72 (pl. XLV). 42 HeÂron de Villefosse 1899, 252±3: `Les ustensiles aÁ manger forment un service de table pour quatre personnes'. 43 Lessing 1898; Pernice and Winter 1901, 12. 44 Paul, Sententiae III, 6, 86. v. ministerium. Baratte 1993, 260.

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