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visited by the tremendous calamity of the great earthquake, by which all Laconia "was shaken, and Sparta made a heap of ruins. On this occasion his presence of mind is said to have saved his people. Foreseeing the danger from the Helots, he summoned, by sounding an alarm, the scattered surviving Spartans, and collected them around him, apparently at a distance from the ruins, in a body sufficient to deter the assailants. To him, too, rather than to Nicomedes, the guardian of his colleague, Pleistb'anax, (Pleistarchus was probably dead,) would be committed the conduct of the contest with the revolted Messenians, which occupies this and the following nine years. In the expeditions to Delphi and to Doris, and the hostilities with Athens down to the 30 years' truce, his name is not mentioned; though in the discussion at Sparta before the final dissolution of that truce he comes forward as one who has nad experience of many wars. Of the Peloponnesian war itself we find the first 10 years sometimes styled the Archidamian war ; the share, however, taken in it by Archidamus was no more than the command of the first two expeditions into Attica; in the 3rd year, of the investment of Plataea ; and again of the third expedition in the 4th year, 428 .b. c. In 427 Cleomenes commanded; in 426 Agis, son and now successor of Archidamus. His death must therefore be placed before the beginning of this, though probably after the beginning of that under Cleomenes; for had Agis already succeeded, he, most likely, and not Cleomenes, would have commanded ; in the 42nd year, therefore, of his reign, B. c. 427. His views of this momentous
struggle, as represented by Thucydides, seem to ustify the character that historian gives him >f intelligence and temperance. His just estimate if the comparative strength of the parties, and lis reluctance to enter without preparation on , contest involving so much, deserve our admira-ion ; though in his actual conduct of it he may ecm to have somewhat wasted Lacedaemon's loral superiority. The opening of the siege of
*lataea displays something of the same deliberate haracter ; the proposal to take the town and ter-itory in trust, however we may question the pro-able result, seems to breathe his just and temperate 3irit. He may at any rate be safely excluded
•om all responsibility for the cruel treatment of
le besieged, on their surrender in the year of his
sath. We may regard him as the happiest in-
ance of an accommodation of the Spartan character
» altered circumstances, and his death as a inis-
rtune to Sparta, the same in kind though not in
}gree as that of Pericles was to Athens, with
horn he was connected by ties of hospitality and
horn in some points he seems to have resembled.
e left two sons and one daughter, Agis by his
st wife, Lampito or Lampido, his father's half-
»ter ; Agesilaus by a second, named Eupolia (ap-
rently the woman of small stature whom the
>hors fined him for marrying), and Cynisca, the
ly woman, we are told, who carried off an Olympic
;tory. (Thuc. i. ii. iii.; Diod. xi. 63 ; Paus. iii.
§§ 9, 10; Prut. Cimoti.,16., Ages. 1 ; Herod.
71.) [A.H. C.]
the Eurypontids, was son of Agesilaus II.
e first hear of him as interceding with his father
s attached, and who was thus saved, through
the weak affection of Agesilaus, from the punishment which his unwarrantable invasion of Attica had deserved, b. c. 378. (Xen. Hell. v. 4. §§ 25— 33; Diod. xv. 29 ; Pint. Ages. c. 25; comp. Pint. Pel. c. 14.) In b. c. 3717 he was sent, in consequence of the illness of Agesilaus (Xen. Hell. v. 4. § 58; Plut. Ages. c. 27), to succour the defeated Spartans at Leuctra; but Jason of Pherae had already mediated between them and the Thebans? and Archidamus, meeting his countrymen on their return at Aegosthena in Megara, dismissed the allies, and led the Spartans home. (Xen. Hell. vi. 4. §§ 17—26 ; comp. Diod. xv. 54, 55; Wess. ad loc.; Thirl wall's Greece, vol. v. p. 78, note.) In 367, with the aid of the auxiliaries furnished by Dionysius I. of Syracuse, he defeated the Arcadians and Argives in what has been called the "Tearless Battle," from the statement in his despatches, that he had won it without losing a man (Xen. Hell. vii. 1. §28; Plut. Ages. c. 33; Polyaen. i. 45; Diod. xv. 72); and to the next year, 366, must be assigned the "Archidamus" of Isocrates, written perhaps to be delivered by the prince in the Spartan senate, to encourage his country in her resolution of maintaining her claim to Messenia, when Corinth had made, with Sparta's consent, a separate peace with Thebes. (Xen. Hell. vii. 4. § 9.) In 364, he was again sent against Arcadia, then at war with Elis (Xen. Hell. vii. 4. § 20, &c.; Just, vi. 5); and in 362, having been left at home to protect Sparta while Agesilaus went to join the allies at Mantineia, he baffled the attempt of Epa-minondas on the city. (Xen. Hell. vii. 5. § 9, &c.; Diod. xv. 82,83; Plut. Ages. c. 34; Isocr. Ep. ad A rch, § 5.) He succeeded his father on the throne in 36 L In 356, we find him privately furnishing Philomelus, the Phocian, with fifteen talents, to aid him in his resistance to the Amphictyonic decree and his seizure of Delphi, whence arose the sacred war. (Diod. xvi. 24; Just. viii. 1; comp. Paus. iv. 4 ; Theopomp. ap. Paus. iii. 10.) In 352, occurred the war of Sparta against Megalopolis with a view to the dissolution ($LoiKHT/u.ds) of that community ; and Archidamus was appointed to the command, and gained some successes, though tHe enterprise did not ultimately succeed. (Diod. xvi. 39 ; Pans, viii. 27 ; Demosth. pro MegaL; comp. Aristot. Po-lit. v. 10, ed. Bekk.) In the last year of the sacred war, 346, we find Archidamus marching into Pho-cis at the head of 1000 men. According to Dio-dorus (xvi. 59), the Phocians had applied for aid to Sparta, but this seems questionable from what Aeschines (de Pals. Leg. p. 45) reports as the advice of the Phocian leaders to Archidamus, " to alarm himself about the dangers of Sparta rather than of Phocis." Demosthenes (deFals.Leg. p. 365) hints at a private understanding between Philip and the Spartans, and at some treachery of his towards them. Whether however on this account, or as being distrusted by Phalaecus (Aesch. de Pals. Leg. p. 46), or as finding it impossible to effect anything on behalf of the Phocians, Archidamus, on the arrival of Philip, withdrew his forces and returned home. In 338, he went to Italy to aid the Tarentines against the Lucanians, and there he fell in battle on the very day, according to Diodorus, of Philip's victory at Chaeroneia. (Diod. xvi. 63, 881 Paus. iii. 10; Strab. vi. p. 280; Theopomp. ap. Athen. xii. p. 536, c. d.; Plut. Agis., c. 3.) The Spartans erected a statue of him at Olympia, which is mentioned by Pausanias. (vi, ch. 4,15.) [E. E.]