Ariston, son of Agesicles, married a wife who, they say, was the ugliest maiden in Sparta
, but became the most beautiful of her women, because Helen changed her; seven months only after his marriage with her Ariston had born to him a son, Demaratus. As he was sitting in council with the ephors there came to him a servant with the news that a child was born to him. Ariston, forgetting the lines in the Iliad
about the birth of Eurystheus, or else never having understood them at all, declared that because of the number of months the child was not his.