Perioeci [per-ee-ee-sahy] ExamplesWord Origin plural noun, singular Per·i·oe·cus [per-ee-ee-kuh s] /ˌpɛr iˈi kəs/.

  1. the inhabitants of ancient Laconia, constituting a dependent people of Sparta, who governed themselves and had a monopoly on trade and manufacture.Compare Helot(def 1), Spartiate.

Origin of Perioeci 1585–95; Medieval Latin perioecī Greek períoikoi countryside dwellers, noun use of plural of períoikos neighboring, equivalent to peri- peri- + -oikos, adj. derivative of oîkos houseRelated formsper·i·oe·cic, per·i·oe·cid, adjective Examples from the Web for perioeci Historical Examples of perioeci

  • They had much the same position as the perioeci in ancient Sparta.

    The Latin & Irish Lives of Ciaran


  • Besides the Helots, the Spartans exercised an authority over the intermediate class called the Perioeci.

    Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • The whole number taken, whether true-born Spartans or Perioeci, amounted to more than one hundred.



  • The provinces under Spartan rule were divided into thirty thousand parts, a part for each Perioeci family.

    History of Education

    Levi Seeley

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