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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The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered superfluous at birth. If you have an interest in the real Sparta, without supermen in capes and Speedos, then this is a book for you.
Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge
I sincerely encourage all my readers to write and publish reviews of my books on line. This first book describes his childhood in the infamous Spartan agoge.
The second will focus on his years as an ordinary citizen, and the third will describe his reign and death. A very imaginative book while at the same time strictly adhering to historical facts.
Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge by Helena P. Schrader
She has owned four horses over the years and remains a resolute horsewoman. Account Options Sign in. She soon hits her stride though and does not look back. What I got was a book that seemed to focus on education, culture, laws and the Spartan way of ,eonidas. Other books in the series. This novel is most highly recommended. Leonidas had to go through the agoge becaus Just about the Best Novel about Ancient Sparta Most novels about ancient Sparta leonidaz about how brutish they were.
If at times you feel you are reading “Ender’s game” or Harry Potter with shields, this is only because those analogies are far more accurate than the “Full Metal Jacket” or s war movie that you are used to. Trevor rated it really liked it Dec 30, He gave the book five stars as well!
Anaxandridas II of Sparta. Barefoot, always a little hung The qgoge of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afoge from birth — even by his mother. Schrader’s done a marvelous job in painting a picture of ancient Sparta and her people. English Historical Fiction Authors.
Helena is a skilled writer, but the sheer density of information about characters and Spartan society conspire to slow the pacing of the early pages of the novel.
Every now and again there was a glimmer of something but then it vanished almost as quickly as it had appeared. A fabulous, richly detailed story backed by solid historical research. Leonidas of Sparta 1. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
Refresh and try again. The three boys are inseparable. This particular novel concentrates on Leonidas’s school years in the agoge, from loenidas at 7 to full Spartan citizenship at 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 ths to endure the harsh upbringing of ordinary Spartan youth.
I highly recommend this to those who enjoy historical fiction with real historical information of the highest q I really enjoyed this book in more ways than one.
Ldonidas death of Leonidas is legendary. But who was Leonidas? And what was he before he became the incarnation of Freedom fighting Tyranny? Leonidas was present, but at times he seemed almost an afterthought… Superfluous as his mother would say… When I finished, and being slightly dissatisfied, I decided to look at this book from a different point of view.
These friendships become particularly important in later novels. She never wanted to be forced to write what was popular, rather than what was in her heart. Agogr is a solid book and If would classify it as an interesting read. But who was Leonidas? Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had to prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship.
References to this work on external resources. She wrote her first agige in second grade, but later made a conscious decision not try to earn a living from writing. Posted by Helena P. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Books by Helena P. We get to find out what resilient boy he is.
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Only one thing about his early life do we know for certain: Outstanding were his phouxir or fox-time [part of the curriculum–period of time he was given a small knife and told to survive on his own leomidas the wild] and, due to his own [he admits it] stupidity, kidnapping but fortuitous rescue.
Od author made an excellent work of both creating a engaging fiction while teaching the reader a lot of agogd facts and cultural peculiarities of the Spartan culture. I haven’t read the other books in the trilogy yet, but I can see where the values inculcated in Leonidas’s childhood will influence the rest lleonidas his life.
The opportunity for real readers to say what they think about books is, in my opinion, one of the most positively democratic aspects of the World Wide Web. At once we can see why the system that made Sparta great also contained the seeds of her own destruction. I am always excited by a good review — but I learn from the critical ones, so either way a review is a good thing.
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.