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Helot  n.  A slave in ancient Sparta; a Spartan serf; hence, a slave or serf. "Those unfortunates, the Helots of mankind, more or less numerous in every community."

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"Helot" Quotes from Famous Books

... the land, Red on vine and plain and wood; With the wine-cup in his hand, Vast the Helot ...
— Old Spookses' Pass • Isabella Valancy Crawford

... turning with a dramatic gesture. "I am an object lesson to teetotalers; a warning to topers; a modern helot made shameful to disgust youth ...
— The Silent House • Fergus Hume

... Macaulay-flowers of literature?—There was a dead silence.—I said calmly, I shall henceforth consider any interruption by a pun as a hint to change my boarding-house. Do not plead my example. If I have used any such, it has been only as a Spartan father would show up a drunken helot. We ...
— The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table • Oliver Wendell Holmes

... illustrate the vices of decadence more luminously than this Protean poet of vacuity. Few display more clearly the 'expense of spirit in a waste of shame.' None teach the dependence of art upon moralized and humane motives more significantly than this drunken Helot of genius. His indifference to truth, his defiance of sobriety, his conviction that the sole end of art is astonishment, have doomed him to oblivion not wholly merited. The critic, whose duty forces him to read through the Adone, will be left bewildered by the spectacle of such profuse wealth ...
— Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2 - The Catholic Reaction • John Addington Symonds

Words linked to "Helot" :   thrall, Dark Ages, Middle Ages, Europe, cotter, cottier

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