It is unknown whether Pleistarchus was married.
Pleistarchus' father King Leonidas perished in 480 BC at the Battle of Thermopylae. For the early part of Pleistarchus' reign, first his uncle Cleombrotus and then, after Cleombrotus' death (in 479 BC), his cousin Pausanias acted as regent because Pleistarchus was not of age.
The successor of Pleistarchus was Pleistoanax, son of Pausanias.
In popular culture
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.
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|Agiad King of Sparta
480 – 458 BC