Gates of Fire

by

Steven Pressfield

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Agoge Term Analysis

The agoge is the program in which Spartan boys are brought up—what Xeo describes as the “notorious and pitiless thirteen-year training regimen which turned boys into Spartan warriors.”
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Agoge Term Timeline in Gates of Fire

The timeline below shows where the term Agoge appears in Gates of Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 13
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...means that, as a bastard son of Sparta, he would be eligible for enrollment in agoge training and even to eventually become citizens, but Rooster has refused this when she has... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...that they must recognize the baby as her husband’s and duly enroll him in the agoge. If they refuse to believe her, then they should slit the child’s throat now, in... (full context)
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...He accepts the baby from her, and the Peers agree to enroll him in the agoge the following day. But before they can drag Rooster off to be executed, Alexandros asks... (full context)