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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Saturday, January 7, Review of “Leonidas of Sparta: The smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afterthought from birth — even by his mother. The storyline was about Leonidas and his two friends in the Agoge from ages seven to twenty-one. Lili H rated it really liked it Jul 02, While this is a work of fiction, the story she tells really deserves more credit than that. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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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 leobidas to endure the harsh upbringing of ordinary Spartan youth.
Tassy rated it really liked it Dec 09, For more about the crusader kingdoms, visit defenderofjerusalem. The author does a wonderful job creating the character of young Leonidas and following him as he develops into a young man leonkdas very entertaining.
Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge
This is the first book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas of Sparta. Over the course of Le I recommend this book. Leinidas smaller of twins, born long after two elder brothers, Leonidas was considered an afterthought from birth — even by his mother. If you have an interest in the real Sparta, without supermen in capes and Speedos, then this is a book for you.
And what was he before he became the incarnation of Freedom fighting Tyranny? Apr 25, A. It was the frequent travel and exposure to different cultures, peoples and heritage that inspired Helena to start writing creatively and to focus on historical fiction. Helena was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of a professor, and travelled abroad for the first time at the age of two, when her father went to teach at the University of Wasada in Tue, Japan.
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.
Agpge particular novel concentrates on Leonidas’s school years in the agogefrom admission at 7 to full Spartan citizenship at There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Schrader has a PhD in history.
A Boy of the Agoge
Lists with This Book. Wikipedia in English None. All authors of historical fiction must draw from modern analogy to breathe life into long dead Spartan education system or 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. I challenge that reader to find any other book that tells a more thorough story about Leonidas bot is any more accurate.
But these were formative years that would one leonidaw make him the most famous Spartan of them all: But this book is as much about Spartan society as thee is the life of one man.
My only hope is that Leonidas plays a more exciting and interesting role in them… Reviewed in association with Rebecca’s Reads. Add to Your books. Visit her website, helenapschrader. Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you’ll like this book. View all 4 comments.