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Who were the Helots?
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  1. The Helots were peasant slaves in ancient Sparta. They most likely descended from the original population living in the area conquered by the Spartans. Helots, who were owned by the state, were lent to Spartan citizens to work the land and to generate a fixed amount of produce for the landowner each year. The state used the Helots as soldiers during war. The Helots attempted to rebel against the system on numerous occasions. To combat uprisings, the state created a secret police force to kill Helots attempting to revolt.

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