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 grew up sailing on the Maine coast and served as a petty officer on the sail-training schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Not only does she provide a story about a young Spartan prince that later becomes a king, but she tells his story in context during the years he transitions from a young boy into a citizen through the Spartan Agoge education process.

Don’t get me wrong, the author does show how brutal the agoge the Spartan public education system could be. 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. Schrader holds boyy PhD in history from the University of Hamburg, which she earned with her groundbreaking biography of General Friedrich Olbricht, the mastermind behind the Valkyrie plot against Hitler.

A Boy of the Agoge

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 in the wild] and, due to his own [he admits it] stupidity, kidnapping but fortuitous rescue. Return to Book Page. Schrader has, in “Leonidas of Sparta: But this book is as much about Spartan society as it is the life of one man. 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 bot war movie that you are used to.


The three boys are inseparable. Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had leonids prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship. Book I of the Leonidas Trilogy: She has published four nonfiction works on modern history and has been published in academic journals including Sparta: But these were formative years that would one day make him the most famous Spartan of them all: Leonidas had to go through the agoge becaus Just about the Best Novel about Ancient Sparta Most novels about ancient Sparta are about how brutish they were.

I highly recommend this to those who enjoy historical fiction with s historical information of the highest q I really enjoyed this book in more ways than one. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It’s full if political intrigue and action.

The book is wholly appropriate thd teen readers, and would be a great holiday gift that sneaks an education in with the entertainment. I compared our present day military schools to the Agoge.

Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge

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. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. AgogeLeonidasSparta. Selected pages Title Page.


This novel is most highly recommended.

Journal of Ancient Spartan and Greek History. Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine. 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 ths this book from a different point of view. She worked in the private sector as a research th, and an investor relations manager in both the U.

Nathan Racsek rated it liked it Aug 09, I have the other two sequels in hand to read. Schrader, for a good read.

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I thought I was going to be reading a fictional story about the legendary Leonidas. Both these sections explain what the Schrader is accomplishing by writing this book and contextualizing the timeline in the way she does. While obviously a book for boys, girls would find in Sparta characters who have a confidence and power in their own right that does not derive simply from being coveted for marriage by leondias men.

Anaxandridas II of Sparta. This novel is most highly recommended. It flowed like a non-fiction book. But who was Leonidas?