Agesilaus and the Case of the Lame Dancer

TitleAgesilaus and the Case of the Lame Dancer
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSansone, D
Ancient AuthorsPlutarchus Biogr., Phil. (TLG 0007), Xenophon Hist. (TLG 0032)
JournalIllinois Classical Studies

The works of Plutarch contain two anecdotes (Moralia 18d and 191f = 219e) concerning an otherwise unknown Spartan named Damonidas. Each of these anecdotes is found elsewhere applied to a variety of other named individuals, including Agesilaus (Xen. Ages. 2.17). The relationships among these anecdotes are examined and the conclusion is drawn that, in each case, the likelihood is that the other versions are derivative of the version concerning Damonidas. Acceptance of the argument entails a renewed questioning of the authenticity of Xenophon's Agesilaus. []