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Nabis seized power in 207 BCE by ex­e­cut­ing his two fel­low claimants to the Spar­tan throne. Though Nabis likes to think of him­self as a king, not ev­ery­one looks on him so kindly. On the one hand he freed a lot of slaves and made them

Spar­tan cit­i­zens, but on the other he ex­iled the rich and claimed their es­tates for the na­tion.

If you find your­self on a visit to the re­gion of La­co­nia, you might want to think about mak­ing it a day trip – Nabis will cost Sparta this im­por­tant ter­ri­tory by en­ter­ing a dis­pute with the Ro­mans that will end in war.

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