The Spartan patriciate could afford to disfranchise some of its own members.
The popularity of these elegies in the Spartan army was such that, according to Athenaeus (xiv.
They were seated two tables away from Dean and appeared to be celebrating something unusual in an otherwise Spartan life.
Plato advocated them, and perhaps the later Jews imitated the Spartan community.
The term apella does not occur in extant Spartan inscriptions, though two decrees of Gythium belonging to the Roman period refer to the p€y&Xac 67r4XXac (Le Bas-Foucart, Voyage archeologique, ii., Nos.