Helots make up the class of serfs created by the Lakedaemonians from the inhabitants of Messenia and Helos they enslaved centuries earlier. Rooster is the best-known helot in the novel.
Helot Term Timeline in Gates of Fire
The timeline below shows where the term Helot appears in Gates of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...mountains in the aftermath of the First Persian War. Originally, he was placed among the helots, the serf or slave class, but was mistreated and ultimately rejected due to his ineptitude... (full context)
...dusty rear of the army train, along with his friend Dekton, or Rooster. Dekton is half-helot, half-Spartiate, and hates his Spartan masters, so Xeo’s allegiance to them galls him. Xeo had... (full context)
...krypteia is. It’s a secret society among the Peers—the youngest and strongest who make treasonous helots disappear. Xeo acknowledges that, given the kinds of treasonous statements he has heard Rooster make,... (full context)
...having gone to Antirhion—Alexandros by his father before the peers, and Xeo, unceremoniously, by a helot. Rooster helps Xeo away and bathes and dresses his wounds. He is well acquainted with... (full context)