In Greek mythology, Cleocharia (/ˌklˈkɛəriə/;[1] Kleokhareia) was a Naiad, a river nymph, and queen consort. She was married to the King Lelex of Laconia. Cleocharia was the ancestress of the Spartan royal family and gave birth to two children: Myles and Polycaon. Her son, Myles, had a son named Eurotas (presumably named after his great-grandfather). Eurotas had a daughter named Sparta, who married Lacedaemon.[2] Lacedaemon named the city of Sparta after his wife. However, the city's name would also be his own, as it was called either Lacedaemon or Sparta interchangeably.


  1. ^ Bolles, William, ed. (1845). An Explanatory and Phonographic Pronouncing Dictionary of the English Language. New London: Bolles & Williams. p. 859.
  2. ^ Pseudo-Apollodorus, Bibliotheca 3. 10. 3


  • Pseudo-Apollodorus, The Library with an English Translation by Sir James George Frazer, F.B.A., F.R.S. in 2 Volumes, Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann Ltd. 1921. ISBN 0-674-99135-4. Online version at the Perseus Digital Library. Greek text available from the same website