According to Plutarch, in exchange for being forced into marriage with strangers, these Sabine girls were not required to perform any household labor apart from spinning. Apparently this was considered a fair deal, and says a lot both about the sensibilities of the time and how important spinning was!
@kyle Very interesting. I'll have to check it out myself. I hadn't heard that about the spinning before. For me, Plutarch's Lives and Sabine women always remind me of the movie 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. Anyone else?