He took it in his arms, as we are told, and said to those who were at table with him,
‘A king is born unto you, O men of Sparta;’ then he laid it down in the royal seat and named it Charilaüs, or People's Joy
, because all present were filled with joy, admiring as they did his lofty spirit and his righteousness. And so he was king only eight months in all. But on other accounts also he was revered by his fellow-citizens, and more than those who obeyed him because he was guardian of the king and had royal power in his hands, were those who clave to him for his virtues and were ready and willing to do his bidding.