Periocoi

Topics: Sparta, Command pattern, Helots Pages: 1 (294 words) Published: July 29, 2013
Asses the role of the periocoi + the helots in the Spartan economy

* the periocoi were considered an integral part of the Spartan society. It could not run without them nor without their consent. * They commanded all the passes (including waterways) into Laconia, they provided half the Spartan army and appear also to have contributed to the chain of command. * Responsible for much of the trade and craft – mining, manufacture and commerce moreover, all mineral and marine resources of Laconia. * According to ancient writers such as a pliny and Herodotus mention the periocoi as making shoes, purple garments and objects of wood and iron. * Helots: Produced agriculture.

The economic role of the Periocoi and the Helots is considered as an integral part of the Spartan society. Without the work of the both Periocoi and the Helots the Spartan economy would not run sufficiently, due to the Spartan men not being able to look after the village as they were in military training most of their life. The periocoi had a variety of different roles within the economy. Their roles consisted of: commanding all the passes -which included waterways - into Laconia, responsibility for much of the trade and craft in which according to ancient writers such as Pliny and Herodotus mention the periocoi made shoes, purple garments and objects of wood and iron and the mining, manufacturing, commerce and mineral and marine resources. The helots, although being classified as slaves, also contributed the Spartan economy. Due to the Spartan men not being able to look after their estate or crops it was the helots job instead. The helot’s provided the Spartan economy with trade and agriculture such as barley, vegetables, ivory, goats and sheep. Trade positively increased Spartan’s society as it allowed the society to grow
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