The Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories) (Horrible Histories) (Horrible Histories)

The Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories) (Horrible Histories) (Horrible Histories)

Terry Deary

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 0439944023

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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bit of a whinger. He complained that, ‘If a patient gets worse or dies, people always blame the doctor.’ Still, you would complain if you had to do what Hippo had to do. Hippo took samples of… • vomit • ear wax • tears • snot • pee • infected wounds …and he tested them. But he didn’t test them in a laboratory with chemicals the way modern doctors can. He tested them by what? 1 colour 2 boiling them with rhubarb juice 3 tasting them Answer: 3 Either the doctor or the patient had

Black pudding. The Greeks roasted it while we tend to fry it in slices, but really it’s the same thing. Did you know…? Vegetarians in ancient Greece wouldn’t sacrifice animals to the gods. Instead they sacrificed vegetables – groovy, eh? Munching Milon Milon was a wrestler. He also thought he was pretty groovy. Before one Olympic contest he walked around the stadium with a live young bull on his shoulders. He fancied a snack after all that effort, so he killed the bull and ate it. He

Everyone knows about the wooden horse trick. Teachers forget to tell you about the second one over 800 years later in 360 BC… Tricking a Trojan … again  Charidemus was fed up. He paced up and down in his tent and rubbed a strong hand through his greying hair. He complained, ‘I’ll never capture Troy. The walls are just too strong … and the Trojans don’t look as if they’re starving to death, do they?’ ‘No, sir,’ his young lieutenant mumbled. ‘Perhaps if we made a wooden horse and…’

was nervous. As he tightened the buckle on his general’s armour he asked, ‘How do you know Damon won’t betray us?’ The general tested the weight of his short sword. ‘Damon is greedy but he’s not stupid. He knows that we will take Troy sooner or later. If we have to wait too long to get inside he knows we’ll be angry. We’ll certainly kill the Trojan men – including him. But if he helps us he lives – and doesn’t have to go to bed hungry any more.’ Charidemus slid the sword into his belt. ‘Pass

them what he had seen. They dug at the spot the young man had marked and found a skeleton … bound in chains. When the body had been given a proper burial, peace returned to the house at night. Pling      Think like a Greek In the summer of 413 BC the army of Athens was in trouble. They were trying to beat the town of Syracuse with a siege. But one of their leaders had been killed and the other leader, Nicias, was poorly with a fever. The Athenians decided to pack up and go home. Everyone

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