Sportula

Spor´tu`la

    (spôr´tũ`lå)
n.1.A gift; a present; a prize; hence, an alms; a largess.
To feed luxuriously, to frequent sports and theaters, to run for the sportula.
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El sofista cuenta que, con ocasion del matrimonio de su hijo mayor y de vestir la toga viril el pequeno, Pudentila repartio al pueblo donaciones, sportula, por valor de 50.
Estas ceremonias requerian distribucion de donativos, sportula, por valor de 50.
En el texto se dice claramente que la pareja opto por unas nupcias en <<una finca suburbana>> para evitar la donacion de donativos, sportula, a la plebe de la ciudad y los banquetes y cargas que tienen que afrontar los recien casados, dado que Pudentila habia realizado suficientes donaciones con motivo del matrimonio de Ponciano y de la investidura de la toga viril de Pudente (87.
Para el valor en dinero de los gastos en sportula, cf.
These come in the vignette (95-126) of the sportula (the daily handout distributed by a wealthy patron to his entourage of hangerson, or, in Roman terms, clients), which begins at the middle of the poem proper--about halfway between lines 22 and 171--and functions as its central episode.
nunc sportula primo limine parva sedet turbae rapienda togatae; ille tamen faciem prius inspicit et trepidat ne suppositus venias ac falso nomine poscas: agnitus accipies.
In the sportula scene, he presents himself as having lost the right to utter.
Here, as in the sportula vignette, speech is shown to be deceitful and lying: this picks up on the reference earlier in the poem to Matho the causidicus (shyster lawyer)--who is borne along in his new litter "full with himself," that is, taking up room for two people (causidici nova cum veniat lectica Mathonis / plena ipso, 32-33).
Another is his invitation to `Juvenal' to `see' a wholly imaginary street scene, the sportula picnic, at line 249 (nonne vides, quanto celebretur sportula fumo/ .
sporta, sporte: corbaille, et idem sportula : corbillon, unde dicitur beatus Paulus per murum in sporta demissus est 85.