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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.
Around 500 B.C., the Spartans invented a device called the "skytale" in order to transport hidden messages.
Now when they desire to transmit some secret of importance to him, they wrap a long narrow strip of paper  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.
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.
Lysander, when this skytale reached him at the Hellespont, was much troubled, and as he especially feared the accusations of