Queen Gorgo of Sparta

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Gorgo was a Queen Consort of the Kingdom of Sparta. She was the wife of King Leonidas and, as a young girl (her father, Leonidas's half-brother was King before him) she began to become active in politics. She is mentioned as speaking in the senate chambers by Herodotus[1], a historian of the time period. Such direct mention by name was unusual, possibly indicating that she had meaningful political influence. Her husband, father, and son were all kings.


  1. http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/spartarulers/a/Gorgo.htm