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Pleistarchus

Politician

Pleistarchus or Plistarch (Ancient Greek: Πλείσταρχος; died 458 BC) was the Agiad King of Sparta from 480 to 458 BC. Pleistarchus was born as a prince, likely the only son of King Leonidas I and Queen Gorgo. His grandparents were Kings Anaxandridas II and Cleomenes I. He was born from an avunculate marriage - his parents were uncle and niece. It should be also noted that there was one more avunculate marriage in family of Pleistarchus. His uncle Cleombrotus was his tutor. It is unknown if Pleistarchus married or had any children. It is possible that Pleistarchus was exempt from the agōgē, because the king's eldest son was the only Spartan boy expressly exempt from the agōgē. The agōgē was the rigorous education and training regimen mandated for all male Spartan citizens, except for the crown prince. For the early part of his reign, Pleistarchus's cousin Pausanias acted as regent because Pleistarchus was not of age. Successor of Pleistarchus was Pleistoanax, son of Pausanias. A young Pleistarchus was portrayed by Giovani Cimmino in the 2007 feature film 300. A young Pleistarchus (titled Leo Jr.) was portrayed by Hunter Clary in the 2008 parody feature film Meet the Spartans.  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of death
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