LEONIDES, King of Sparta (b. circa 540 BCE); King of Sparta, the 17th of the Agiad line, one of the sons of King Anaxandridas II of Sparta, who was believed to be a descendant of Heracles, possessing much of the strength and bravery that made his ancestor famous. While it has been established (to say nothing of being turned into the film “300”) that King Leonidas of Sparta died at the Battle of Thermoplylae in August, 480 B.C.. Very little is known about the year of his birth, or for that matter, his formative years, but it is likely that he was accompanied by his “army of lovers” and no doubt, had his own by his side.
For more: Gay Warriors, by Burg, B. R., et al.; New York: New York University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-8147-9886-1.