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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Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge

The book includes a list of characters within the front cover that lists the several relevant families and friends. Don’t get me wrong, the author does show how brutal the agoge the Spartan public education system could be. 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.

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.

But these were formative years that would one day make him the most famous Spartan of them all: The truth is that he lived so long ago, and such details simply are not available, so historians have to take the facts and build a story that does not make falsehoods out of those facts.

The author does a wonderful job creating the character of aogge Leonidas and following him as he develops into a young man is very entertaining.


Not quite a should-be classic, but I might change my mind after reading the rest of the trilogy. No library descriptions found.

Schrader weaves a considerable amount of teaching into her novel in a remarkably readable fashion. Every now and again there was a glimmer of something but then it vanished almost as quickly as it had appeared.

Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy 1. Kleomenes I of Sparta as Cleomenes. All authors of historical fiction must draw from modern analogy to breathe life into long dead Aa education system or 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.

The storyline was about Leonidas and his two friends in the Agoge from ages seven to twenty-one. Both these sections explain what the Aoge is leonias by writing this book and contextualizing the timeline in the way she does.

Project Gutenberg 0 editions. I thoroughly enjoyed ahoge book! She owns property in what was once Lacedaemon, which she visits regularly and where she and her husband Herbert intend to retire.

It’s full if political intrigue and action. The death of Leonidas is legendary.

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. We get to find out what resilient boy he is. While obviously a book for boys, girls would find tbe Sparta characters who have a confidence and power in their own right that does not derive simply from being coveted for marriage by aboge men.

Lists with This Book. 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 pf rest of his life.


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.

Schrader holds a 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. The novel is fast paced. Each chapter covers one full school year leonisas on a major adventure and Leonidas’s growth from boy to man.

The author notates which characters are real and which are supporting, fictional characters.

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Foley rated it really liked it May 24, This is the first book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas of Sparta. This novel is most highly recommended.

A Boy of the Agoge”. Barefoot, always a little hungry, and subject to harsh discipline, Leonidas had to prove himself worthy of Spartan citizenship. This particular novel concentrates on Leonidas’s school years in the agogefrom admission s 7 to full Spartan citizenship at Chapter three alone is worth the price of the novel, providing insight into the complexity of Spartan social structures that are often glossed over.

Schrader has a PhD in history. She has owned four horses over the years and remains a resolute horsewoman. Schilling rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine.