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The Spartan Paperback – January 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

It is hard/next to impossible to read and just overall disappointing.
Cmadd
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.
L. R. Runnels
I would never have purchased the kindle edition had the product been labeled properly.
Belle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. R. Runnels on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Snedeker writes a beautifully descriptive story of life in ancient Sparta. The story follows the life of Aristodemos (an Athenian by birth) who as a young boy is brought to Sparta and immediately placed in a barracks where all Spartan boys are sent to live and train until the age of 30. Life is harsh and unforgiving for boys growing up in Sparta and Aristodemos endures many trials as he grows into adulthood. As a young man, he is one of the 300 Spartans warriors sent to hold the narrow pass at Thermopylae against the Persians. By an unfortunate set of circumstances, Aristodemos is kept from the battle and he is left the only survivor of the 300 brave Spartans. He returns home where is unfairly branded a coward. The story ends at the battle of Plataea where Aristodemos attempts to redeem his reputation.
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N on August 6, 2013
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Purchased the $6.99 AMA Publication version of this book for Kindle. The book is pdf page images, and only half of each image is visible on the Kindle, making the book frustrating to read and some sentences not visible at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Cash on May 8, 2013
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First, we have not finished reading this book, and I believe that the story would most likely be worthy of a favorable rating. This 2 star rating is a warning to buyers about the quality of the printing. I would never again order a book published by Forgotten Books. I am thankful that many publishers are trying to put older books back in print, but this is terrible. It is hard on the eyes, and many of the letters are even hard to distinguish. It takes away from the joy of reading and comprehension to have to concentrate so hard because the print is so light and sketchy. In a word: FRUSTRATING. I have never experienced this when attempting to read a book. The font is not small, but the print is very light THROUGHOUT (not just here and there) and letters are hard to identify in some places. My daughter gave up when she tried to read it on her own, and I have begun reading it out loud to my family. It takes effort to read and try to maintain a flow while reading. I hate to give unfavorable ratings, but cannot recommend buying books from this publisher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Blanck on August 27, 2014
Format: Paperback
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. It is also very difficult to read as the quality is poor. Shame on you, Amazon! Thankfully, this is not normal for Amazon!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cmadd on November 13, 2013
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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. I would suggest not buying this format at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Belle on April 9, 2013
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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.
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