Gates of Fire


Steven Pressfield

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Krypteia Term Analysis

The krypteia are a secret force of Spartiates who eliminate troublemakers—especially potential traitors—by cover of night. Rooster is nearly killed by the krypteia, including Polynikes, before Arete bravely intervenes.
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Krypteia Term Timeline in Gates of Fire

The timeline below shows where the term Krypteia appears in Gates of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
Female Strength and Influence Theme Icon
Arete then asks Xeo if he knows what the krypteia is. It’s a secret society among the Peers—the youngest and strongest who make treasonous helots... (full context)
Fear, Courage, and Love Theme Icon
Female Strength and Influence Theme Icon
Arete tells Xeo that the krypteia knows about Rooster’s identity and his allegiance. The watch Xeo, too, since he is well-spoken,... (full context)
Chapter 16
Cities, Identity, and Belonging Theme Icon
Suddenly four krypteia assassins burst into the hut and bind Rooster. Polynikes is one of them. In outrage,... (full context)