The Spartan appetite for hard work was legendary and ferocious. They were universally tireless slave owners, a breed apart from the gin-sipping, porch-sitting slaver of the American colonies, a stereotype sadly responsible for giving slavery a bad name. Their workers were a race known as the helots, although the term “race” is misleading. The helots were Caucasian, as city elders determined it uneconomical to first discover and then trek all the way to Sub-Saharan Africa to capture some blacks.
In an interesting case of foreshadowing, the helots staged their own civil rights movement in the form of a violent rebellion, but were unsuccessful due to the lack of underground railroads, airplanes, or buses on which to stage protests.
Take note: if you’re planning a civil rights movement, center it around a mass transit system
The complete lack of moral philosophy in Spartan culture may also have played a role.
This policy was enforced on the battlefield with the expectation that every soldier would profit from a campaign in equal proportion to the others, or as happened more frequently, suffer an equally brutal death.
Whoever educated Condoleezza Rice has a lot to answer for
Whoever named her, even more so
The policy of Fight, War, Stabby-Stabby was put into effect in the Spartans’ infamous stand at
Three hundred Spartans, their helot attendants, and several thousand Peloponnesians met the Persians at
Following the Persian victory at Thermopylae, the Greeks staged their last ditch defense at
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