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Headword: *kleome/nhs
Adler number: kappa,1723
Translated headword: Kleomenes, Cleomenes
Vetting Status: high
This man devised a plot against Ptolemy Philopator; though he came to a bad end, he had been a man both adroit in his dealings and adept in his management of affairs -- in short, with the natural qualities of a leader and a king.
There is [material] about this man under "not walking without a stick".[1]
Greek Original:
*kleome/nhs: ou(=to/s e)stin o( *ptolemai/w| tw=| *filopa/tori e)piboulh\n tekthna/menos: o(\s kakw=s meth/llace to\n bi/on, a)nh\r geno/menos kai\ pro\s ta\s o(mili/as e)pide/cios kai\ pro\s pragma/twn oi)konomi/an eu)fuh\s kai\ sullh/bdhn h(gemoniko\s kai\ basiliko\s th=| fu/sei. e)/sti peri\ tou/tou e)n tw=| a)/neu cu/lou mh\ badi/zein.
After the introductory clause, the source becomes Polybius 5.39.6. Date: 220s BCE.
The Suda ignores Kleomenes III's career as king of Sparta c.235-222 (for which see Polybius 2.46-70, 5.35-9; Plutarch, Agis and Kleomenes) and focuses on the end of his life. After the Macedonians defeated the Spartans at Sellasia, Kleomenes escaped to Alexandria, meeting his death in 219 after a failed plot against the Macedonian king of Egypt, Ptolemy IV Philopator, named here.
[1] alpha 2345.
Cartledge, P., and Spawforth, A. (2002), Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities, 2nd edn (London and New York), 38-58
Shipley, G. (2000), The Greek World after Alexander (London and New York), 143-7
Keywords: biography; ethics; historiography; history; politics
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 July 2001@09:56:09.
Vetted by:
D. Graham J. Shipley (modified translation at one point; extended notes; added bibliography) on 10 February 2002@03:33:15.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 9 July 2004@11:57:55.
David Whitehead (more keywords) on 4 December 2005@06:37:56.
David Whitehead on 27 February 2013@08:09:32.
David Whitehead on 1 May 2016@08:42:22.


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