[3] It was Spartan custom, when men of ordinary rank died in a foreign country, to give their bodies funeral rites and burial there, but to carry the bodies of their kings home. So the Spartans who were with AgesilaĆ¼s enclosed his dead body in melted wax, since they had no honey, and carried it back to Lacedaemon. The kingdom devolved upon Archidamus his son, and remained in his family down to Agis, who was slain by Leonidas 1 for attempting to restore the ancient constitution, being the fifth in descent from AgesilaĆ¼s.

1 In 240 B.C. See the Agis, chapters xix., xx.

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