syssitia


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syssitia

(sɪˈsɪtɪə)
n
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a communal meal for youths and men

syssitia

the practice or custom, as among the ancient Spartans and Cretans, of eating the main meal of the day together in public to strengthen social and political bonds.
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Dependiendo de la veracidad que se le de a este dato la clausura de la syssitia peripatetica en Alejandria podria verse como el origen de esta historia o una consecuencia del odio del hijo de Septimio Severo.
The storerooms exposed on the north side of A800 (A1200, A1400-1600) might support this interpretation, as they could have accommodated the legal dues and equipment evidently required for admission to and use in the syssitia.
Before given this leeway, they were expected to slip away from the mess from time to time to have sex with these wives so that they could produce other little Spartans who might be joining the agoge at about the time that their fathers were allowed to spend more time away from the syssitia.