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[3] Notwithstanding this, after the death of Agis 1, Lysander, who by this time had subdued the Athenians at sea and was a man of the greatest influence in Sparta, tried to advance AgesilaĆ¼s to the throne, on the plea that Leotychides was a bastard and had no claim upon it. Many of the other citizens also, owing to the excellence of AgesilaĆ¼s and the fact that he had been reared with them under the common restraints of the public training, warmly espoused the plan of Lysander and co-operated with him. But there was a diviner in Sparta, named Diopeithes, who was well supplied with ancient prophecies, and was thought to be eminently wise in religious matters.

1 In 398 B.C.

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