(Ἀγιάτις; Agiátis). Rich Spartan woman, heiress of the Spartan Gylippus, who died c. 241 BC. First married to the reform king Agis  IV. After his death, Leonidas II forced her to marry his still very young son, the later reform king Cleomenes III. According to Plut. Cleom. 1,1-3; 22,1-3, who portrays her as beautiful and full of character, she is supposed to have convinced her second husband to take up Agis' reform plans by telling him stories about them. The significance of this emotional element for the initiatives of Cleomenes III is difficult to judge.
Cite this pageWelwei, Karl-Wilhelm (Bochum), “Agiatis”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e108090>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510
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