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The Helots were a subjugated people who made up the majority of the Lakonian population in antiquity.

Called "enslaved peasants" by Myrrine, forced to work the fields and mines, the helots were mostly content with the way things were. If they weren't, the Spartan special forces the krypteia were ordered to keep the peace, according to Myrrine.[1]

However, some among the Spartan soldiers were supplying weapons to the helots, encouraging them to fight against the Spartan rule. When Myrrine and her daughter, the misthios Kassandra returned to Sparta around 429 BCE to find their home claimed by the government, Brasidas suggested that dealing with the traitorous soldiers would earn king Archidamos' thanks.[1]

Following the death of Lagos, the archon of Arkadia, King Archidamos cursed Kassandra and her mother Myrrine, saying "May the krypteia hunt you, and the helots scrape the meat off your bones," as Kassandra accused one of the kings of being a member of the Cult of Kosmos and a traitor to Sparta.[2]

A whole region in Lakonia was named after them the Helot Hills, and the villages of Akriai and Krokeai were inhabited by helots and perioikoi.[3]



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