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HELL FOR THE HELOTS

Spartan women had more free time than other Greeks, as menial tasks were performed by a large population of slaves, the helots. The outnumbered Spartans kept control by declaring war on the helots once a year, so that they could cull them guilt-free.

SPARTAN QUEEN Gorgo – played by Lena Headey in 300 – was the daughter, wife and mother of three Spartan kings
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WHAT WAS LIFE LIKE FOR SPARTAN WOMEN?

When Gorgo, Queen of Sparta and wife to leader-of-the-300 Leonidas, was asked why Spartans were the only women in Greece able to rule over men, she allegedly replied: “Because we are the only ones who give birth to men!” It’s a snappy line, boasting of both the superiority of Spartan warriors, and the influence and freedoms enjoyed by its women.

From what is known, based on admittedly scant documentation, the diffrences began in childhood. Spartan girls received a formal education and were encouraged to take part in exercise, providing them with greater intellect and athleticism than seen in other Greek states. By competing in public – either in short tunics or, more shockingly to outsiders, naked – Spartan girls learned how to stand their ground against men.

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