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  • The paper is called skytale as well as the stick, as a thing measured is called by the name of the measure.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • Around 500 B.C., the Spartans invented a device called the "skytale" in order to transport hidden messages.

    The Evolution Of Spy ToolsReinventing Intelligence: The Evolution Of Spy Tools

  • Now when they desire to transmit some secret of importance to him, they wrap a long narrow strip of paper [152] like a strap round the skytale which is in their possession, leaving no intervals, but completely covering the stick along its whole length with the paper.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • They put to death Thorax, one of his friends, whom they found in possession of silver coin, and they sent a skytale to him bidding him appear before them.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • Lysander, when this skytale reached him at the Hellespont, was much troubled, and as he especially feared the accusations of

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II


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  • Also, scytale. Rhymes with 'Italy'. Ancient encryption device. See the Wikipedia link.

    January 12, 2008