Gates of Fire

by

Steven Pressfield

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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.
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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.
Chapter 2
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...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)
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All Spartiate heavy infantrymen are attended by at least one helot, and platoon leaders have two. Xeo had the good fortune to be chosen by Dienekes... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...army, who are half a day ahead of them. As they go, they question passing helots as to the makeup of the Antirhionian army and their Syrakusan allies. Nobody knows much,... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...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)
Chapter 13
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Before everyone can disperse for the night, a helot boy brings a message from Dienekes’ house. To Xeo’s shock, the summons is for him.... (full context)
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...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)
Chapter 14
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...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)
Chapter 17
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...executed, Alexandros asks to speak. He points out that, given Rooster’s hero status among the helots, he will be revered as a martyr upon his execution. It would be better, he... (full context)