Lycurgus’s Suicide

Lycurgus was the fabled lawgiver of the Spartans, the creator of their peculiar constitution and way of life.  It is his state that we think of when we think of the Spartans, and he created the most revered, respected, and stable government in Ancient Greece.  After he had bestowed upon Sparta her most laudable constitution, he made the Spartans promise not to change it until after his return.  After they agreed to do so, he departed from Sparta, never to return.  He went to the Oracle at Delphi and, having been told that his laws were excellent and would serve the Spartans well, he starved himself to death, so that Sparta would never depart from the laws that would make her great.

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