helots: see Sparta, Greece.
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The Helots were slaves in ancient Sparta. They were the property of the state, which alone had the disposal of their life and freedom, and which assigned them to certain citizens, by whom they were employed in private labours. Agriculture and all mechanical arts at Sparta were in their hands, and they were also obliged to bear arms for the state in
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Agrarian serfs who worked in bondage for their Spartan masters. Originally from Greek communities around the Peloponnese that were defeated and enslaved by the Spartans, they grew in subsequent generations to be fairly devoted bondsmen to their Spartan overlords. Even so, the Spartans kept a close eye on their helot serfs; with the secret police (s
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The helots (s; εἵλωτες, heílotes) were a subjugated population group that formed the main population of Laconia and Messenia (areas ruled by Sparta). Their exact status was already disputed in antiquity: according to Critias, they were `slaves to the utmost`, whereas according to Pollux, they occupied a status `between free men and sla...
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