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BOMONI´KES (βωμονίκης). The Spartan youths, in remembrance of an old religious ceremony, used to be scourged at the altar of Artemis Orthia or Orthosia, a custom maintained even in the days of Pausanias (3.16.11). He who held out longest under the scourging was βωμονίκης. It was esteemed a great honour (ἐν τοῖς μάλιστα ἐπιδοξός ἐστι, Plut. Inst. Lac. 239, 32), and is mentioned as such in inscriptions (C. I. G. 1364).


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