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
who held out longest under the scourging was βωμονίκης.
It was esteemed a great honour (ἐν τοῖς μάλιστα ἐπιδοξός ἐστι,
239, 32), and is mentioned as such in
inscriptions (C. I. G.