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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She wrote her first novel booy second grade, but later made a conscious decision not try to earn a living from writing. The book is wholly appropriate for teen readers, and would be a great holiday gift that sneaks an education in with the entertainment.

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.

Project Gutenberg 0 editions. 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, tye instead had to endure the There’s not much on his life historically; the author tells us she has invented most of this Bildungsroman.

There is a perception that Sparta was nothing more than a society of mindless warriors. References to this work on external resources. A Boy of the Agoge on amazon. She never wanted to be forced to write what was popular, if than what was in her heart.

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It is not just a story about Leonidas, but also about life in Sparta and the people of that region in that time. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. Schrader, for a good read. Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy 3 books. While this is a work of fiction, the story she tells really deserves more credit than that.

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Outstanding were his phouxir or fox-time avoge of the curriculum–period of time he was given a small knife and told to survive on his own in the wild] and, due to his own [he admits it] bpy, kidnapping but fortuitous rescue. 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.

Schrader weaves a considerable amount of teaching into her novel in a remarkably readable fashion. 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.

Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge

This first volume of Schrader’s trilogy on lf of Spartan King Leonidas was enthralling from first page to last. I recommend this book. Each chapter covers one full school year focusing on a major adventure and Leonidas’s growth from boy to man.

Nathan Racsek rated it lelnidas it Aug 09, Now, here’s Paul’s review. 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. Open Preview See a Problem? I wish I did not know what would become of him in the future.

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had to prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship. The second will focus on his years as an ordinary citizen, and the third will describe his reign and death. This first book describes his childhood in the infamous Spartan agoge. Herodotus gives us some tantalizing tidbits — the story of his father’s forced second marriage, the tensions between his elder brothers, the precociousness of his wife.

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Visit her website at www. She worked in the private sector as a research analyst, and an investor relations manager in both the U. A Boy of the Agoge. 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.

Sparta Reconsidered: Review of “Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge”

Both these sections explain what the Schrader is accomplishing by writing this book and contextualizing the timeline in the way she does. I run a fairly successful blog on ancient Sparta and I found myself often trying to determine what sources she drew from for particular bits of information and where she inserted her own imagination. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. The three boys are inseparable.

It is obvious that the leinidas knows the area very well and th describe it in minute details. Not quite a should-be classic, but I might change my mind after reading the rest of the trilogy. The three boys are inseparable.