from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ancient Greece, notably among peoples of Dorian blood, and most conspicuously among the Spartans and Cretans, the custom that full citizens-should eat the chief meal of the day in a public mess.


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  • Then at the age of 20, they joined military organizations called syssitia

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  • In winter they retired into houses on the north of the hill, in which they held their syssitia.


  • Tell me — were not first the syssitia, and secondly the gymnasia, invented by your legislator with a view to war?


  • Men of military age lived away from their wives in barracks and ate at common messes (syssitia).

    c. Sparta and the Peloponnese

  • The number of full citizens who could contribute to their mess-tables (syssitia) had fallen to 700.

    c. Macedon and Greece, to 146 B.C.E

  • They were exercised in hunting and in drills; took their meals together in the _syssitia_ (the public mess), where the fare was rough and scanty; slept in dormitories together; and by every means were disciplined for a soldier's life.

    Outline of Universal History

  • The general arrangements were divided into syssitia, according, perhaps, to the number of families, and correspondent to the divisions or obes acknowledged by the State.

    Pausanias, the Spartan The Haunted and the Haunters, an Unfinished Historical Romance

  • Homosexuality would have been the only option for the men, as they were not allowed to have wives, or even to leave their syssitia on their own.

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