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(κρυπτεία; krypteía). There are two different versions regarding the institution called krypteia in Sparta. According to Plato, the krypteia was a military training under the harshest conditions in the open field, with the soldiers supplied only with small amounts of equipment. The goal was to increase the courage of the Spartans and their capacity to bear pain (Pl. Leg. 633b-c; cf. P Lond. 187). Plutarch, on the other hand, reports that young Spartans, solely provided with a sword and little food, had the task of hiding by day and murdering helots by night. Because of…

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Cartledge, Paul A. (Cambridge), “Krypteia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 05 March 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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