Subtitled, The Heroic Battles of the Greeks and Persians at Marathon, Salamis, and Thermopylae, this is a great retelling of those epic ancient battles which shaped the course of Western Civilization. All the great characters are there: Darius and Xerxes, the Persian Kings; the Greeks Themistocles, Alcibiades, and the Spartan for whom the book is named, Leonides, and many others. The book begins with the historical roots of the people of Ancient Greece and how they came to love their freedom more than anything else. Recommended for ages 9 - 12.
black & white illustrations
black & white illustrations
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The book is difficult to find, but this vendor had it and delivered it sooner than expected. I will buy from them again.
This is a great book! I originally found it in a library and checked it out for my son who was a third grade. I'd read it aloud to him and he loved the stories. Later he read it himself, and he has now developed a very strong love of history; especially ancient history. Since then, sadly it has disappeared from most libraries. They don't write books like these any more, which is sad.
I read this book when I was in middle school and I just read it again as an adult. It is truly, truly wonderful, taking you right back to this incredible epic struggle of the Greeks against the Persian invaders. There's so much history, so much culture, so much atmosphere in this book. Mary Renault brings these great people to life, in a direct and accessible way. And best of all, she shows us why this story is important, how our own culture, our own ideas of freedom, reason, and democracy came from that flowering of Greece so long ago, and how these ideas were forged and hardened in the battles against the Persians.
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