Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge, Book I in the Leonidas Trilogy, a biographical novel about the hero of Thermopylae. All about Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge by Helena P Schrader. LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers. The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afterthought from birth — even by his mother. Lucky not to be killed for being.

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While obviously a book for boys, girls would find in Sparta characters who have a confidence and power in their own right that does not derive simply from being coveted for marriage by competing men.

Lucky not to be killed for being undersized, he was not raised as a prince like his eldest brother, Cleomenes, who was heir to the throne, but instead had to endure the harsh upbringing of ordinary Spartan youth.

This particular novel concentrates on Leonidas’s school years in the agogefrom admission at 7 to full Spartan citizenship at Fantastic – couldn’t put it down! The author just recently published her next book, Leonidas of Sparta: Lists with This Book.

Herodotus gives us some tantalizing t The death leonidaa Leonidas is legendary. A very imaginative book while at the same time strictly adhering to historical facts.

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A Boy of the Agoge

TheIdleWomannkmunnCroselanwamie. The story was compelling and interesting, the characters were multidimensional and believable,the pace was exciting, and the history lessons and finally the truth about the real Sparta abundant! Trevor rated it really liked it Dec 30, Steve rated it really liked it Nov 13, Not only does she provide a story about a young Spartan prince that later becomes a king, but she tells his story in context during Leonidas of Sparta: It’s also a way for the author to explain different aspects of Spartan life.

Lucky not to be killed for being undersized, he was not raised as a prince like his eldest brother, Cleomenes, who was heir to the throne, but instead had to endure the Her characters were so lifelike and realistic I felt I got to know them. Recently added by TheIdleWomannkmunnCroselanwamie.

The second will focus on his years as an ordinary citizen, and the third will describe his reign and death. There is a perception that Sparta was nothing more than a society of mindless warriors. Journal of Ancient Spartan and Greek History.

Other books have looked to the unlikely parallel of the barracks life of conscript marines, but she rightly sees the more accurate connections to an elite boarding school system. A Boy of the Agoge Helena P. Each chapter covers one full school year focusing on a major adventure and Leonidas’s growth from boy to man.

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I read a short review from someone who seemed to feel cheated that this was a fictional biography which the author explains as early as the first page.

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Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge

Add to Your books. But he is silent on many other key points, from the date of Leonidas’ birth to his role in Sparta prior to becoming king later in life. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is a rare thing in novels set in the ancient world.

Some words and phrases were equivalent to saying ‘okey dokey’ or ‘hi gal’ to the queen of England. Apr 25, A.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She never wanted to be forced to write what was popular, rather than what was in her heart.

Nathan Racsek rated it liked it Aug 09, The three boys are inseparable.