Helots were the serfs of ancient Sparta, from the town of Laconia and only a notch above slaves.

They were sometimes induced to appear drunkenly before the youths of Sparta in order to put these respectable kids off getting trashed.  An interesting approach, wonder if it would work now.

‘… the Helot-haunted lowlands of eastern Laconia.’


Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese, introduction by Michael Gorra, New York: New York Review of Books, 2006 (1958), p. 330


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