Gates of Fire


Steven Pressfield

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The Spartiaes are full Spartans, or Peers—full citizens and warriors of Sparta, unlike helots such as Xeo.
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Spartiates Term Timeline in Gates of Fire

The timeline below shows where the term Spartiates appears in Gates of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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Xeo explains that by “Spartiates,” he refers to the full Spartans, or Peers, not the periokoi or Gentleman-Rankers, those secondary... (full context)
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All Spartiate heavy infantrymen are attended by at least one helot, and platoon leaders have two. Xeo... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...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 been... (full context)