- serfdom; slavery.
- helots collectively.
Origin of helotry
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But, after all, their state is a modern Sparta—an aristocracy resting on a helotry, and with nothing else to rest upon.Pictures of Southern Life
William Howard Russell
The State is but a gigantic Sparta, in which the helotry are marked by an indelible difference of color and race from the masters.
But, after all, their State is a modern Sparta—an aristocracy resting on a helotry, and with nothing else to rest upon.
- serfdom or slavery
- serfs or slaves as a class
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