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Charilaus (Harilaos), also given as Charillus (Greek: Χαρίλαος), was a king of Sparta in the early-mid 8th century BC.

According to Pausanias, Charilaus was the successor of his father Polydectes.[1]

Charilaus is best known as the ward and nephew of the Spartan reformer Lycurgus.[2] During his reign, the Spartans invaded Argolis. The long-standing hostility with Tegea is also believed to date from Charilaus' reign.[1]

Charilaus was succeeded by his son Nicander, the father of Theopompus.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Pausanias, Description of Greece. Robert Hale Ltd., London, Book 3, VII, 2-3.
  2. ^ Plutarch, Lives: Lycurgus.


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