I like the series, they are funny and tell some of the lesser told parts of history. One have to remember that they are written for 10-15 year old-ish. the author have said that it is difficult not to write something wrong, because the first constants used to be considered the truth, but by the time the rest of the book had been written, those truths had been disproved. Also a good theme in the books is that you shouldn't always believe what a historian have written, because the winner writes the history.
* 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.
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