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Who were the homogeneous warrior class that ruled the Spartan city state?
Warrior class that ruled Sparta
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Preview: ... uties and privileges. The smallest of these, with the most power and freedom, was the Spartiate elite. Spartiates were exempt from manual labor, and controlled the government of the state. Spartiate men were expected to prepare constantly for military conflict. Below the spartiates were the perioikoi, literally "dwellers around," inhabitants of outlying towns who carried out most of the trade and commerce of the city, since Spartiates were forbidden to engage in commercial activity. Further down the ladder were the helots, enslaved populations tied to the land and owned by the Spartiate families that owned their homes. In the late 4th century and later, a new class, the neodamodeis, arose. It seems to have been composed of liberated helots and former Spartiates who had lost rank.<br><br>Origins of the Spartan system<br><br>According to classical accounts, the Spartan constitution was the product of a great lawgiver called Lycurgus. He was said to have written the Spartan constitution late in the Archaic Period, most likely in the 770s BC. It is impossible to determine whether Lycurgus was an actual historical figure. It is clear, however, that at some point in the late Archaic period the model of Spartan society was changed from a monarchical system to an oligarchy with an elite warrior class. This change is likely to have been in some way related to the change ...
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