Definitions of syssitia

  1. si-sit'i-a, n. the ancient Spartan custom of eating together in public the chief meal of the day. [ Gr. syn, together with, sitos, food.]
  2. ( Greek ant.). Public messes of Spartans& some other Dorians at which citizens were required to feed with a view to the promotion of patriotism, military efficiency, discipline, & simplicity. [ Greek]
  3. [ Gr.] In Gr. Hist., an institution chiefly of the Doric states, which compelled the male freemen to have their meals in common messes instead of their own houses. See Pheiditia.