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As most words for "country" were feminine, the adjective was in the feminine: Lacedaemonia (, Lakedaimonia). Lacedaemonia was not in general use during the classical period and before.It does occur in Greek as an equivalent of Laconia and Messenia during the Roman and early Byzantine periods, mostly in ethnographers and lexica glossing place names.For example, Hesychius of Alexandria's Lexicon (5th century AD) defines Agiadae as a "place in Lacedaemonia" named after Agis.The actual transition may be captured by Isidore of Seville's Etymologiae (7th century AD), an etymological dictionary.This love or admiration of Sparta is known as Laconism or Laconophilia.At its peak around 500 BC the size of the city would have been some 20,000–35,000 citizens, plus numerous helots and perioikoi.The valley of the Eurotas is a natural fortress, bounded to the west by Mt. These natural defenses worked to Sparta's advantage and contributed to Sparta never having been sacked.
It could be used synonymously with Sparta, but typically it was not.Around 650 BC, it rose to become the dominant military land-power in ancient Greece.