antient than the very firſt Olympiad. Timæus con-
jectures that there were two of his Name, and
in diverſe times; but that the One of them being
much more famous than the Other, Men gave to
Him the Glory of the Exploits of Both:
der of the Two, according to Him, was not long
after Homer, and Some are ſo particular as even
to ſay that he had ſeen Homer.
great Antiquity may be gathered from a paſ(ſ)age in
Xenophon, where he makes him contempo-
rary with the Heraclidæ; not but that the very laſt
Kings of Sparta were Heraclidæ too:
in that place to call Those Heraclidæ who were the
firſt, and more immediate Succeſſors of Hercules.
of Writers who have gone before us in this Sub-
ject, we ſhall endeavour to compoſe the Hiſtory of
his Life, ſetting down thoſe paſ(ſ)ages which are
leaſt contradicted, and following thoſe Authors
who are moſt worthy of Credit.
curgus was the Son of Prytanis, and not of Euno-
mus; but in this Opinion he is ſingular, for all
the reſt deduce the Genealogy of them both as
Eunomus, who by his firſt
Patrocles, Wife had a Son nam'd Po-
Soüs, lydectes, and by his ſecond
Wife, Dianaſ(ſ)a, had this Ly-
whoſe Life is before us;
was the Sixth from Patrocles, and the Eleventh
was the moſt renown'd of all his Anceſtors, under
whoſe Conduct the Spartans ſubdu'd and made
Slaves of the Ilotes, and added to their Dominions
good part of the Country which they wreſted
from the Arcadians.
King Soüs, that being beſieged by the Clitorians
in a dry and ſtony place, ſo that he could come
at no Water, he was at laſt conſtrained to agree
with them upon theſe hard terms, That he would
reſtore to them all his Conqueſts, provided that
himſelf and all his Men ſhould drink of a Spring
not far diſtant from his Camp. After the uſual
Oaths and Ratifications,
gether, and offer'd to Him that would forbear
Drinking, his Kingdom for a reward.
Thirſt was ſo much ſtronger than their Ambition,
that] not a Man of them was able to forbear.
ſhort, when they had all drank their fill, at laſt
comes King Soüs himſelf to the Spring, and, hav-
ing ſprinkled his Face only, without ſwallowing
one drop, he march'd off in the Face of his Ene-
himſelf, and all his Men (according to the Articles)
had not drank of their Water.