|King of Sparta|
Family tree of Pleistarchus
|Died||458 BC [ This date is not accurate because there is no historical record of when Pleistarchus died.]|
It is known that Pleistarchus had a wife and son named Pleistarchus II who were murdered by Xerxes. He died around his 30's. [This story is not backed up by historical evidence. Xerxes had no recorded contact with Spartan royals - except the ex-King Demaratus - beyond 479 B.C. when Pleistarchus was still a child. There is also no credible record of any spouse or child of Pleistarchus.']
Pleistarchus' father King Leonidas perished in 480 B.C. at the Battle of Thermopylae. For the early part of Pleistarchus' reign, first his uncle Cleombrotus and then, after Cleombrotus' death (in 479 B.C.), his cousin Pausanias acted as regent because Pleistarchus was not of age.
The successor of Pleistarchus was Pleistoanax, son of Pausanias.
Pleistarchus as king of the Spartans is a major character in Sacred Games, by Gary Corby.
A young Pleistarchus (titled Leo Jr.) was portrayed by Hunter Clary in the 2008 parody feature film Meet the Spartans.
|Family tree of King Pleistarchus|
- Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology/Pleistarchus 1.
- Jona Lendering (2006-03-31). "Eurypontids and Agiads". Livius.org. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- Herodotus; Histories, A. D. Godley (translator), Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1920; ISBN 0-674-99133-8. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library.
- "Gorgo of Sparta". Ancienthistory.about.com. 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-07-24.
- Herodotus, The Greek-Persian War (Osiris, Budapest, 2000) ISBN 963-379-309-2
- The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
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