Charilaus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Charilaus, also given as Charillus (Greek: Χαρίλαος), was a king of Sparta in the early-mid 8th century BC. He is generally shown as the successor of his grandfather Polydectes, though Pausanias implies that Charilaus' father Eunomus preceded Charilaus.[1]

Charilaus is perhaps best known as the ward, pupil, and nephew of the Spartan reformer Lycurgus.[2] During his reign, the Spartans are purported to have invaded Argolis. The long-standing hostility with Tegea is also believed to date from Charilaus' reign.[3]

Charilaus was succeeded by his son Nicander, the father of Theopompus.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pausanias, tr. W.H.S. Jones and H.A. Ormerod (1918) Description of Greece. Robert Hale Ltd., London, Book 3, VII, 2.
  2. ^ Plutarch, Lives: Lycurgus.
  3. ^ Pausanias, tr. W.H.S. Jones and H.A. Ormerod (1918) Description of Greece. Robert Hale Ltd., London, Book 3, VII, 3.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Eunomus
Eurypontid King of Sparta
c. 780–c. 750
Succeeded by
Nicander