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The Spartan

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The Spartan

by Caroline Dale Snedeker

$15.95

Quick Overview

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.
 

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"The Spartan" is the story of Aristodemos, the only survivor of the Battle of Thermopylae. Beginning with his childhood in Athens, you will follow him to Sparta, where he endures rigorous training, and then to Thermopylae, the place where the historic battle was fought. With Caroline Dale Snedeker's incredible historical accuracy, this story of love, hope, despair and final resolution at the battle of Plataea will excite and touch the reader. Reprinted with all original text. 374 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780966706789
Author Caroline Dale Snedeker
Age Group 9-12
Book Type paperback

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