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Lysander (died 395 BCE) was a Spartan admiral who lived during the Peloponnesian War.


Not born a Spartan, but rather a helot, Lysander was ambitious enough to overcome his origins and become a general in the Spartan army.[1]

In 429 BCE, Lysander made the acquaintance of the misthios Kassandra, tasking her to retrieve the military seals of Athenian strategoi.[1]

At some point during the Peloponnesian War, a spy working for Athens reported that Lysander was travelling aboard the ship Lakedaimonia. This was enough for Athens to offer a notable bounty to whoever could sink the ship. The report turned out to be wrong, however.[2]

Behind the scenes

The name Lysander is Greek in origin, derived from the name Λυσανδρος (Lysandros) which means 'release of man'.

Historically, Lysander is not known to have been a major participant in the Peloponnesian War until the later half of the second part as he would likely have been too young at the time for a position of command. Also he is portrayed as being a polemarch but is actually famous for being a navarch. While sometimes described as a helot by some historians he was born of an aristocratic Spartan father and a supposed helot mother.




  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: OdysseyAmbition
  2. Assassin's Creed: OdysseyBounty on a Spartan Ship

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