Our Little Spartan Cousin of Long Ago

by Julia Darrow Cowles

Description:  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.

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Ages:  8-10
Length:  102 pages
Format:  Paperback, Ebook
Illustrations:  Black and white
Year published:  2008
ISBN:  978-1-59915-284-4
Genres:  World History, Historical Fiction

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Table of Contents

1. A Spartan Company
2. The Assembly
3. Foraging
4. The Public Tables
5. Chartas' Home
6. Sparta's Laws
7. The Festival
8. Work and Play
9. New Adventures

10. A Vacancy Filled
11. A Pledge and a Chase
12. The Drill
13. Days of Preparation
14. The Carnea
15. The Truce-Bearers
16. "Earth and Water"
17. A Runner from Marathon
18. For Sparta's Honor

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