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Horrible Histories: Ruthless Romans [Kindle Edition]

Terry Deary , Martin Brown
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Ruthless Romans reveals the grim goings-on of the greatest empire ever, from the terrible twins who founded Rome to the evil emperors who made murder into a sport. Read on for gory details about the cruel Colosseum and the people and animals who were massacred there... and find out how, if you upset them enough, the ruthless Romans would CRUCIFY you. Eeek!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14196 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Non Fiction; 1 edition (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407104249
  • ASIN: B008H3W53C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Terry was born in Sunderland, England, in 1946 and now lives in County Durham, in the North-east of England.

Terry's father (Billy) was a butcher in Hendon, Sunderland, and his mother (Freda) was the manageress of a clothing shop. He worked many years in his father's butcher shop as a boy. It was better than school where he was beaten, bullied and abused by his loathsome teachers.

Terry began his career as a professional actor in 1972 when he joined Theatre Powys in Mid-Wales. He has also worked as a theatre-director, museum manager, drama teacher, television presenter. He first acted on television in 1973 and in 2010 he made his debut in movies with a small part in a British film "Risen"

As an actor with Theatre Powys Terry began writing scripts for some of the shows. One of the most successful was a children's show called "The Custard Kid". The "Custard Kid" tour ended but Terry didn't want to lose the exciting tale so he turned it into a children's novel. That first novel was published by A & C Black who are still publishing his books 35 years later.

In 35 years as an author his writing has included fiction and popular non-fiction. He also writes TV, theatre, radio, audio and new media scripts.

In 2009 CBBC Television launched a major television series of his Horrible Histories which has gone on to win several Children's BAFTA awards. In February 2011 the TV series won a British Comedy Award for best sketch show - the first children's show ever to win a Comedy Award. The same month Terry Deary became the 10th most-borrowed author in British libraries.

In 2010 there was a computer game adaptation for Nintendo Wii, DS and PC. A series of theatre plays, 'Horrible Histories', have been created in collaboration with Birmingham Stage Company touring throughout 2006 - 2012.

His next projects are with film companies to animate a 28-part worldwide television series "Terry Deary's True Time Tales" as well as adapting his "The Fire Thief" trilogy of fiction for movies. In 2011 Terry will scriupt a movie about football called 90 Minutes.

His charity work includes being patron of Single Homeless Action Initiative in Derwentside (SHAID), Grace House Children's Hospice appeal and Integrating Children is a small charity based in North Durham providing children with disabilities the chance to take part in leisure activities and enjoy the same opportunities as the non-disabled .

Terry was awarded a degree as Doctor of Education at Sunderland University in 2000 and is an ambassador for his home city of Sunderland. In 2011 he won the Sheffield Childrten's Book award for his novel "Put out the light" - a book that was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2012.

Terry has been married to Jenny since 1975 and their daughter Sara is a talented event rider who competes at international level. See her Shivers Event Team website. In June 2011 Sara had twins, Harry and Jessica, Terry and Jenny's first grand-children.

In his spare time Terry is a road runner with Derwentside Athletic Club and takes part in races from 3 miles up to the Great North Run 13.1 miles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Want to know:

* which emperor enjoyed eating camel's heels?
* how a cow on your roof could bring you bad luck?
* the name of the Roman goddess of door hinges?

Read on for the gory details about the cruel Colosseum and the people and animals who were massacred here.
Run screaming from the reality of life as a Roman soldier and terrorize your teacher with our foul facts about the Romans.
History has never been so horrible!'

A witty, colourful cover opens to 127 pages, split over chapters:

1. Killer kings and the rotten republic
2. Superior superstitions and quaint customs
3. Gory gladiators
4. Ruthless Roman army
5. Evil enemies
6. Ruthless Roman quiz
7. Roman Empire timeline
8. Evil emperors
9. A few foul facts...
10. Marvellous medicine
11. Awful for animals
12. Painful plays
13. Cruel for criminals

with an introduction and an epilogue.

Written with the typical Deary humour and illustrations from Martin Brown throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A SLIGHT DISSAPOINTMENT 9 Nov. 2003
I was excited when the second horrible historys book on romans came out as I am a huge fan. As soon as it came through the letterbox, I started reading it. I must say, I was dissapointed. It didn't really contain much information I hadn't heard and the book itself was a bit too short. However, if you want to hear the grusome side of the romans, then this is the boook for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars gruesome gladiators and more 9 Dec. 2006
It is packed with jokes,quizzes and information.

Oh yes and it's a bit bloody in some places.(That is why i like it so much)
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 10 Oct. 2013
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bought as a gift for an 8 year old and he loved it so very happy he said it was very funny
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible? Indeed. Hypocritical, even. 17 Nov. 2010
This book was unfortunately a serious disappointment. The reason is that it claims to be something that it is not. For much of the book, the authors entertain us with various sordid tales of what the Romans were like. This is much as advertised and definitely a guilty pleasure for the intended audience of this book. However, towards the end of the book a very different motivation appears. First, the authors focus upon the story of the bravery of a group of Christians who were slaughtered by the Romans and, then, go on to make a series of factually incorrect claims about the morally superior behaviour of the Christians, making it sound like they put an end to the reprehensible behaviour the audience was enjoying descriptions of until that very point. The moralising tone is doubly out of place. Firstly, within this books it is as false as titillating morality plays about fallen women. Secondly, while the Christians might have stopped the persecution of those who were of the officially recognised church (hardly a surprise), the persecution of the members of other religions, as well as of Christians whose faith was deemed heretical, continued and, indeed, gained ferocity. Many of the ways the ancient Christians were treated are all too similar to the treatment of the Jews in the Christian centuries that followed.
In the end one is left with the impression that the authors tried to turn this potentially fun little book into a pean for the morally superior Christians. They would have done better had they showed the true continuity of horrors. They could have started by making clear that Emperor Constantine, whom they mention as one of the cruelest, was made a Saint of the Catholic Church for converting to Christianity - thereby simply converting the persecuted into the persecutors.
The book leaves a nasty taste in the mouth. I would not recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 1 Oct. 2011
I ordered this book to complete the series for my 8 year old Grandson who was thrilled to recieve the final book for his collection. Great text, easy reading and full of all the stuff you get from watching the tv series
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