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 final two hundred pages were redeeming. But these were formative years that would one day make him the most famous Spartan of them all: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. No library descriptions found. No eBook available Wheatmark, Inc. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

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. I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising.

Leonidas of Sparta 1. Considering what historians and archeologists have discovered about that time and region, the author does a great job collecting and cobbling together a compelling story.

I am always excited by a good review — but I learn from the critical ones, so either way a review is a good thing. This first book describes his childhood in the infamous Spartan agoge. Lili H rated it really liked it Jul 02, I really enjoyed this book in more ways than one. Return to Book Page. Hte her website, helenapschrader. This was an amazing and insightful read. Now, here’s Paul’s review. Trivia About Leonidas of Spart References to this work on external resources. She never wanted to be forced to write what was tbe, rather than what was in her heart.


Along with a poor but intelligent classmate for whom Leonidas pays tuition and other fees, Alkander, Leonidas’s other best friend, Prokles, is also a classmate, the latest generation of the author’s fictional Spartan family from other novels unrelated to this trilogy. TheIdleWomannkmunnCroselanwamie. A Boy of the Agoge”, prescribed a welcome antidote to the skewed visions of ancient Sparta put forth in works such as “Gates of Fire” and “”. I thought I was going to be reading a fictional story about the legendary Leonidas.

As such he had to endure the harsh upbringing of ordinary Spartan youth: The author does a wonderful job creating the character of young Leonidas and following him as he develops into a young man is very entertaining. It flowed like a non-fiction book. I challenge that reader to find any other book that tells a more thorough story about Leonidas that is sgoge more accurate. And what was he before he became the incarnation of Freedom fighting Tyranny?

Saturday, January 7, Review of “Leonidas of Sparta: These boys were trouble coming down the road, but they redeemed themselves in the end by one method or another.

Schrader, for a good read. At once we can see why the system that made Sparta great also contained the seeds of her own destruction. Helena is a career diplomat currently serving in Africa.

I have the other two yhe in hand to read.

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So, unlike some other historical works supposing the Agoge amounted to simply beating up little boys or constantly molesting them or forcing them to live in the wilderness on their own for unreasonable periods of time, the Agoge of Helena Schrader actually makes sense.

However, for someone who has never been there a map would have been very helpful. I sincerely encourage all my readers to write and publish reviews of my books on line. This particular novel concentrates on Leonidas’s school years in the agoge, from admission at 7 to full Spartan citizenship at Refresh and try again.


Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge

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. Paperbackpages. Leonidas of Sparta 1 Members.

She is also descriptive but, because of her writing style, her words tend to come across as if they belong in a college textbook or There’s not much on his life historically; the author tells us she has invented most of this Bildungsroman. 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.

Barefoot, qgoge a little hung The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afterthought from birth — even by his mother. Some words and phrases were equivalent to saying ‘okey dokey’ or ‘hi gal’ to the queen of England.

The three boys are inseparable. A very imaginative book while at the same time strictly adhering to historical ths. Recently added by TheIdleWomannkmunnCroselanwamie.

Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had to prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship.