), a class of citizens at Sparta who are said to
have been the offspring of slaves and the widows of Spartan citizens.
Theopompus tells us (ap. Ath. vi. p. 271 c) that in the Messenian war, in
consequence of the great losses which the Spartans sustained, they married
the widows of those who were slain to helots, and that these helots were
admitted to the citizenship under the name of ἐπεύνακτοι.
Diodorus (viii. fr.
also calls the partisans of Phalanthus ἐπευνακταί
]. (Thirlwall, 1.353; Grote, ch. 22, 2.544;