Lacedaemon (mythology)

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Lacedaemon (/læsɨˈdmən/; Greek: Λακεδαίμων) was mythical king of Laconia[1] and son of the chief god Zeus and the Pleaid Taygete. He was a father of King Amyclas of Sparta and Queen Eurydice of Argos, with Princess Sparta, the daughter of King Eurotas.[2]

Eurotas bequeathed the kingdom to Lacedaemon, who then renamed the state after his wife,[1] who was also his niece.

According to Pseudo-Plutarch,[3] Taygete was a wife of Lacedaemon. Their son was named Himerus.


  1. ^ a b Pausanias (1918). "III.1.2". Description of Greece. with an English Translation by W.H.S. Jones, Litt.D., and H.A. Ormerod, M.A., in 4 Volumes. Cambridge, MA; London.  At the Perseus Project.
  2. ^ Grimal, Pierre (1996). "s.v. "Eurydice" (2)". The Dictionary of Classical Mythology. Wiley-Blackwell. p. 157. ISBN 978-0-631-20102-1. 
  3. ^ Pseudo-Plutarch (1874). "XVII Eurotas". De Fluviis. Translated from the Greek by several hands. Corrected and revised by. William W. Goodwin, PH. D. Boston. Boston; Medford: Little, Brown, and Company.  At the Perseus Project.

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Preceded by
King of Sparta Succeeded by