Born in Sparta around 545 BC Leotychidas, a descendent of the house of Eurypontid, came to power with the help of Cleomenes I by challenging Demaratus for the throne of Sparta in 491 BC Later that year joined Cleomenes second expedition to Aegina (Aigina) where ten hostages were seized and given to Athens however after Cleomenes death in 488 BC Leotychidas was almost surrendered to Aegina. In the spring of 479 BC Leotychidas commanded a Greek fleet consisting of 110 ships at Aegina and later at Delos later supporting the Greek revolts at Chios (Khios) and Samos against Persia. Defeated Persian military and naval forces at Cape Mycale on the coast of Asia Minor in the summer of 479 BC (possibly around mid-August). In 476 BC Leotychidas led an expedition to Thessaly against the Aleudae family for collaboration with the Persians but withdrew after being bribed by the family. Returning to Sparta he was tried for bribery fleeing to the temple of Athena Alea in Tegea. Sentenced to exile his house was burned and his grandson Archidamus II became the Spartan Ruler as Leotychidas died some years later around 469 BC
Preceded by Demaratus
Eurypontid King of Sparta c. 491 BC 469 BC
Succeeded by Archidamus II
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