Ariston of Sparta

Ariston (Greek: Ἀρίστων) was a king of Sparta, 14th of the Eurypontids, son of Agasicles, contemporary of Anaxandrides II.

Ariston ascended the Spartan throne around 550 BC, and died around 515 BC.[1] He was a highly regarded king, as evidenced by a public prayer for him to have a son, when the house of Procles had other representatives.

After two barren marriages, a son, Demaratus, was born to Ariston's third wife, whom he obtained, it was said, by a fraud from her husband, his friend, Agetus.[2]


  1. ^ Pausanias iii. 7
  2. ^ Herodotus i. 65, vi. 61-66; Pausanias iii. 7.§7; Plutarch Apophth. Lac.


  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSmith, William, ed. (1870). "Ariston of Sparta". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
Preceded by Eurypontid King of Sparta
c. 550 – c. 515 BC
Succeeded by