Engaging account of the life of children in ancient Sparta, where patriotism, heroism, and strength in battle are the highest ideals. We discover how at age seven boys leave home to live in company with 15 others, training to be Spartan soldiers through rigorous physical and mental exercises. In addition to wrestling, running, and throwing the discus, we watch them foraging for their food, gathering reeds for their bedding, singing patriotic songs, and eating at mess with their elders. Emphasis is on the true nobility and rugged simplicity of the Spartan character. Attractive black and white illustrations complement the text. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
Julia Darrow Cowles
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am reading this to my son and we are enjoying it. It is an interesting way to learn the culture of ancient Sparta.
My 7YO enjoys this story and has learned a lot about life in ancient Sparta, as well as its relationship with Athens, how they viewed luxuries as a culture, and social concepts they embraced that are outside our own paradigm. This text does a good job of providing a basic understanding of Sparta and its values without including anything really graphic or questionable, so it's good for younger readers.
We are learning about Greek history in school and I think this book helps you to get a real look at what life was like for a boy in Sparta. It is interesting and fun. There are some strange facts in here that I didn't know before...like about foraging, which is pretty much stealing that is encouraged!
The authorised South African distributor of this product is under no obligation to honour the manufacture's guarantees/warranties or to provide after-sales service.
Please note that this item is imported from the USA, and is designed to be used in the USA. In addition, if the unit is powered it will come with a US plug and an adapter/transformer may be required. Please click here for more information on power requirements, or check with us if you are unsure or need any assistance!
Please also note that certain items cannot be imported, these include Alcohol, Animals, Flammable Materials, Currency, Food, Furs, Chemicals, Explosives, Medications, Plants, Seeds, Supplements, Pressurized Cans, Tactical Equipment, Vitamins, Weaponry and Weaponry Accessories. In these cases, the item and information is displayed for reference purposes only. If you are not sure if we are permitted to bring an item, please send us an e-mail with a link to the item to confirm.
Please also ensure that you are ordering the correct item for your particular application as returns to the USA are costly. Product reviews are also provided for most of our items, which can give you a good idea for possible things to look out for and the quality of the item. By clicking Add to Cart, you are confirming that the item is correct and you accept the conditions listed here.