Agesipolis III

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Agesipolis III
King of Sparta
Reign 219–215 BC
Predecessor Cleomenes III
Successor none
Died 183 BC
Dynasty Agiad
Father Agesipolis

Agesipolis III (Greek: Ἀγησίπολις Γʹ) was the 31st and last of the kings of the Agiad dynasty in ancient Sparta.[1]

Agesipolis was the son of another Agesipolis and grandson of Cleombrotus II and Chilonis, daughter of Leonidas II and Cratesiclea. After the death of Cleomenes III he was elected king while still a minor, and placed under the dubious guardianship of an uncle named Cleomenes.[2] Agesipolis was, however, soon deposed by his colleague Lycurgus. In 195 BC, he was at the head of the Lacedaemonian exiles, who joined Titus Quinctius Flamininus in his attack upon Nabis, the tyrant of Lacedaemon (see War against Nabis).[3] Agesipolis was a member of an embassy sent about 183 to Rome by the Lacedaemonian exiles, and, with his companions, was intercepted by pirates and killed.[4]


  1. ^ Mason, Charles Peter (1867), "Agesipolis III", in Smith, William, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, 1, Boston: Little, Brown and Company, p. 71
  2. ^ Polybius, iv. 35
  3. ^ Livy, xxxiv. 26
  4. ^ Polybius, xxiv. 11
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Cleomenes III
Agiad King of Sparta
219–215 BC
Succeeded by
n/a (last of the Agiad line)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Agesipolis III". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.