He ascended the Spartan throne before 560 BC, and died somewhat before (Paus. iii. 7), or at any rate not long after, 510 BC. He thus reigned about 50 years, and was of high reputation, of which the public prayer for a son for him, when the house of Procles had other representatives, is a testimony.
Demaratus, hence named, was borne him, after two barren marriages, by a third wife, whom he obtained, it is said, by a fraud from her husband, his friend, Agetus. (Herod. i. 65, vi. 61-66; Paus. iii. 7.§7; Plut. Apophth. Lac.)
This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology by William Smith (1867).