- Paperback: 374 pages
- Publisher: American Home School Publishin (2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966706781
- ISBN-13: 978-0966706789
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,580,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Spartan Paperback – 2005
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This is a wonderful book for students of Greek history. Snedeker paints a fantastic literary picture of life in the time of the Persian wars. Although this is a fictional novel, it is packed with accurate historical facts that make this period in Greek history come alive for the reader. I highly recommend this book for children in the upper middle school grades through adult. As this book was written in the early 1900's, it may be beneficial for the parent/teacher to discuss the language the author uses to describe some of the relationships between the boys. While there is no sexuality implied, it could be construed as sexual intimacy by today's standards when, for instance the word "lover" is used for "special friend". As I am a Christian homeschooling mom, I would not let this deter you from using this book as home school material, only read it and discuss it with your child. For younger readers, I recommend "Theras and His Town" by the same author for a similar taste of Spartan and Athenian History. Both books are engaging and educational!
Eventually, Leonidas becomes King, and Aristodemos is one of the famous 300 Spartan soldiers who follow Leonidas to hold the pass of Thermopylae when the Persians invade Greece. Leonidas sends Aristodemos on a spy mission to discern the strength of the Persian army. He is captured, and when he finally escapes, he is blinded by a contagious eye inflammation, thus being unable to participate in the tragic battle. When he returns to Sparta as the only survivor, he is unfairly branded as a coward. Not wishing his adopted son to share his curse, he goes to Delphi to see if the oracle can reveal who the boy's father is and then takes Mendi to Italy to find his real father. Relieved of this responsibility, he joins first the Athenian and then the Spartan units at the battle of Plataea in hopes of redeeming his honor. Will Aristodemos achieve his aim? What will happen to him?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
pages appear to have been copied from a lousy copier
inconsistent ink quality
very difficult to read
would like it replaced
Do NOT buy the Kindle version! The Kindle version is just a scanned picture of the book, and you can only see half a page at a time. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cindy Blanck
The formatting of the book is terrible. Basically, its just scanned pages of the actual book. It is hard/next to impossible to read and just overall disappointing. Read morePublished on November 13, 2013 by Cmadd
Text to speech is not enabled. The title says it all. I would never have purchased the kindle edition had the product been labeled properly.Published on April 9, 2013 by Belle
We read this book along with our homeschool studies on Ancient Greece and the Persian War. My 9yo daughter and I both really enjoyed it, and she continues to reference the... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by M. Desmond