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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It is a solid book and I would classify it as an interesting read. This was an amazing and insightful read. You realize in reading her novel, just as Leonidas does as the pages unfold, that the Agoge is not designed simply to make soldiers, but form Spartan citizens. We get to find out what resilient boy he is.
Become a LibraryThing Author. Visit her website at www. I am always excited by a good review — but I learn from the critical ones, so either way a review is a good thing. The final two hundred pages were redeeming. Apr 25, A. 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.
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A Boy of the Agoge
Knowing that, knowing how he ended, and building ont he fascinating insights into his personality provided by the few sayings attributed him, I have created a young Leonidas. I wish I did not know what would become of him in the future. 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 of his life. I challenge that reader to find any other book that tells a more thorough story about Leonidas that is any more accurate.
But who was Leonidas? Kyle Rock rated it really liked it Aug 20, It seemed to be or facts and figures with leknidas any suspense, drama or humor. Recently added by TheIdleWomanrheCroselanwamie. My library Help Advanced Book Search.
The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afterthought from birth — even by his mother. There’s not much on his life historically; the author tells us she has invented most of this Bildungsroman. Book description The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afterthought from birth — even by his mother.
Over the course of Leonidas’ life in the Agoge, I could see Leonidas growing mentally and physically.
At this point I remembered reading that Schrader had previously published four non-fiction books. We have a story about the early years of the future King Leonidas. Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had to prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship.
The first hundred pages were not good reading. Selected pages Title Leeonidas. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lili H rated it really liked it Jul 02, Not quite a should-be classic, but I might change my mind after reading the leojidas of the trilogy. This storytelling deserves as much credit if not more than those other works of art on the same character like Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had to prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The book leonidzs wholly appropriate for teen readers, and would be a great holiday gift that sneaks an education in with the entertainment.
Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge
A fabulous, richly detailed story backed by solid historical research. Struggling to survive without disgrace, he never expected that one day he would be king or chosen to command the combined Greek forces fighting a Persian invasion.
Kleomenes I of Agpge as Cleomenes. If you are interested in learning about a society that dates back years, this book if perfect! Berk Turfanda rated it s it Oct 11, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Wait for some authentic ratings to come in.
This particular novel concentrates on Leonidas’s school years in the agoge, from admission at 7 to full Spartan citizenship at This is agige first book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas of Sparta. 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.
The death of Leonidas is legendary.
Sparta Reconsidered: Review of “Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge”
About the Author Helena P. A Boy of the Agoge, by Helena Schrader, is an excellent book that tells an excellent story about Leonidas of the Agiads of the modern day movie fame during his childhood. She wrote her first novel in second grade, but later made a conscious decision not try leonidae earn a living from writing. But he is silent on many other key points, from the date of Leonidas’ leonicas to his role in Sparta prior to becoming king later in life.
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 agpge, the latest generation of the author’s fictional Spartan family from other novels unrelated to this trilogy.
Amazon Kindle 0 editions. This is a rare thing in novels set in the ancient world.
But this book is as much about Spartan society as it is the life of one man.