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[2] It is said also that Cleomenes studied philosophy when he was still a stripling, after Sphaerus of Borysthenis had made a voyage to Sparta and busied himself sedulously there with the youth and young men. Sphaerus had become one of the leading disciples of' Zeno of Citium, and it would appear that he admired the manly nature of Cleomenes and increased the fires of his high ambition.

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