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Non-Spartans in the Lakedaimonian Army: the Evidence from Laconia

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It is widely attested that the perioikoi and helots were an important component of the Lakedaimonian army and fought alongside the Spartans especially during the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars. The current study offers a new perspective on the importance of non-Spartans in the Lakedaimonian army by examining the weapon dedications from Laconian sanctuaries and by reviewing the location and importance of forts and fortifications near or at perioikic poleis. It argues that on the basis of finds from Laconian sanctuaries and of the military realities, the use and presence of archers in the Lakedaimonian army should be re-evaluated.
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Keywords: ARCHERS; LACONIA; LAKEDAIMONIAN ARMY; SANCTUARIES; SPARTA; WEAPONS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2020

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