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[2] And Leotychides said:1 “But, Agesilaus, the law directs, not that a brother, but that a son of a king, should be king; if, however, there should chance to be no son, in that case the brother would be king.” “It is I, then, who should be king.” “How so, when I am alive?” “Because he whom you call your father said that you were not his son.” “Nay, but my mother, who knows far better than he did, says even to this day that I am.” “But Poseidon showed that you are entirely in the wrong, for he drove your father2 out of her chamber into the open by an earthquake. And time also, which is said to be the truest witness, gave testimony that the god was right; for you were born in the tenth month from the time when he fled from the chamber.” Such were the words which passed between these two.

1 397 B.C.

2 Leotychides was reputed to be the son of Alcibiades. For the incident here mentioned, cp. Plut. Alc. 23.

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