Aracus (Ancient Greek: Ἄρακος) was a man of ancient Sparta who served as an ephor in 409 BCE. He was appointed nauarch (ναύαρχος) of the Spartan fleet in 405, with Lysander as his vice-admiral (ἐπιστολεύς); Lysander was to have the actual power, but could not be named nauarch because Spartan law did not allow the same person to hold this office twice.
In 398, Aracus was sent into Asia as one of the commissioners to inspect the state of things there, and to prolong the command of Dercyllidas; and in 369, he was one of the ambassadors sent to Athens, where Ἄρακος (Aracus) should be read instead of Ἄρατος (Aratus), though some sources confuse the names.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Smith, William (1870). "Aracus". In Smith, William. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1. p. 254.
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