Origin of Perioeci
1585–95; < Medieval Latin perioecī < Greek períoikoi countryside dwellers, noun use of plural of períoikos neighboring, equivalent to peri- peri- + -oikos, adj. derivative of oîkos house
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Examples from the Web for perioeci
They had much the same position as the perioeci in ancient Sparta.
Besides the Helots, the Spartans exercised an authority over the intermediate class called the Perioeci.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
The whole number taken, whether true-born Spartans or Perioeci, amounted to more than one hundred.Hellenica
The provinces under Spartan rule were divided into thirty thousand parts, a part for each Perioeci family.History of Education