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The Ruthless Romans (Horrible Histories)

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'Ruthless Romans' reveals the grim truth behind the greatest empire of all time - from the terrible twins who founded Rome to the evil emperors who made murder into a sport. Read on for the gory details about the cruel Colosseum and the people and animals who were massacred there.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published July 18th 2003 by Hippo
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Hamidreza
Jul 02, 2016 Hamidreza rated it liked it
کتاب بسیار پرباری بود . من از تری دیری کتاب آتش دزد رو هم خوندم و واقعا از قلمشون خوشم اومده . همینطور من یه کتاب که قطر کم ولی صفحه بزرگی داشت ، به اسم گلادیاتورها ، رو خوندم و اطلاعات زیادی در رابطه با گلادیاتور ها و رومی ها بدست آوردم . ولی این یه ذره کتاب ، علاوه بر کل اون کتاب ،(با لحن طنزگونه ای) با جزئیات خیلی بیشتری ، به طور کامل رومی ها و گلادیاتور ها رو تعریف کرده . واقعا پربار بود

در ضمن خوشحالم که بالاخره چلنجم تموم شد :دی
Timothy Tilbury
Sep 02, 2015 Timothy Tilbury rated it really liked it
Horrible Histories, Ruthless Romans by Terry Deary
This series of books describes itself as ‘History with the nasty bits left in’ and in many way that’s exactly what they are. This book in particular looks at the Roman Empire; it covers a very broad spectrum of what it was like to live as part of the Roman Empire from Roman theatre, to the deeds of some of Rome’s most infamous Emperors. Yes this book does have a tendency to focus on some of the more gory aspects of history (which may account for
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Uttam Singh
Dec 19, 2012 Uttam Singh rated it really liked it
Bursting with interesting facts in a very child friendly style, the ‘Horrible Histories’ series is an unsurprising favourite with pupils.
This particular book, ‘Ruthless Romans’, entertainingly covers the commonly taught topic of Roman history, with the typically gruesome spin the series is known for. The authors in fact present the Romans as THE most ruthless group out of history compared to all others - which may be an interesting talk point to introduce the topic with.
The book contains a good
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Kerry
Jan 20, 2012 Kerry rated it really liked it
As the title of the book suggests it is all about the Romans. The author of the book presents us with useful information on the founders of Rome, the medicine cures that they concocted, the evil emperors who ruled over Rome and the killings they inflicted on their people.

Personally have never really enjoyed the topic of History, however I found this book extremely easy to read and follow and even though it was very informative it did not ‘overload’ me with lots of information which could be dee
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Siobhan
Sep 06, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it
As a child history was one of my favourite school subjects thus making Horrible Histories the perfect books for me.

Nowadays children have the television series yet I belong to the older group that had the books. Personally, I believe any child who has an interest in history should give these books a go. They’re truly gripping and so many topics are covered.

Honestly, Horrible Histories are well worth a read.
Kirsti
Interesting thesis: The Romans were the most horrible people of all time because (unlike the Aztecs and the Spanish Inquisition) they killed people for entertainment rather than for religious reasons or to stay alive themselves. So don't go on and on about how great they were just because they built nice straight roads.
Theonlyphoenix
Jun 19, 2015 Theonlyphoenix rated it really liked it
Pretty gorry filled with interesting stories and facts.
Kathleen
May 14, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Okay let's talk about the Horrible Histories.

You may be aware of them as a TV show, which I highly, highly recommend, but you may not be aware that they are also books! Which I also recommend!

It's hard to talk about the Horrible Histories specifically. They're hysterical short nonfiction books consisting of maybe 120 pages tops? Aimed at children, they set out to tell you all about the really nasty side of history, which I am always down for. They're smart and funny with great illustrations, and
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Rachael Hewison
I was somewhat thrown by the title of this book. Did this replace Rotten Romans, is it a sequel? I had to google it to find out. It turns out it is a sequel.

It is yet another brilliant book from the Horrible Histories team, full of fascinating and gory facts. I keep picking up on the structure of Horrible Histories books in my reviews and I'm pleased to say that this one flows wonderfully with topics flowing into each other with ease. The epilogue was very well written and the quizzes were a lot
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Shilpa
May 04, 2016 Shilpa rated it it was amazing
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Carmen
May 18, 2008 Carmen rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
The fun facts continue with this excerpt of the horrible histories series. The Romans were not all they were cracked up to be. Life has little or no value. One of the entertaining sections is called, "Lies my teacher told me."
Alison Chan
Sep 17, 2013 Alison Chan rated it it was ok
This book is very interesting and humorous, and involves a lot information I never knew about Romans! I tells you all about history, and I would guess History classes are seriously boring, but you won't get bored or uninterested with it!
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
Horrible Histories is a series of illustrated books published in the UK by Scholastic. They are designed to get children interested in history by concentrating on the trivial, unusual, gory, or unpleasant. They are exceptionally well loved by my history loving children
Azhar Salahuddin
Very interesting

There are so many sides to the Roman Empire I didn't have a clue about. I purchased this book for my son and ended up reading it myself due to my son's fabulous review. This book has made him into a little historian!
Rohan
Feb 15, 2013 Rohan rated it liked it
This is a great book. It is suitable for people who like horrible history and gruesome facts. Lots of factual information your teachers DON'T tell you. It is all true. For all appropriate people!!!!!!!
Sally Smale
Jan 28, 2014 Sally Smale rated it it was ok
Not my bag really but I do laugh out loud at the television programmes.
Flávia Spencer
Only one word to describe the romans: Madmen!
Rose Dawson
Feb 02, 2013 Rose Dawson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Děsivé dějiny - zajímavá a vtipná knížka v 1.Celou sérii jsem si zamilovala. ;D
Tigerclaw
Oct 30, 2008 Tigerclaw rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a great book how it made history fun. Loved the jokes but could be a bit gruesome at times
Jess
Mar 06, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
Everyone should read this if only to learn what the word "decimate" actually means.
Hannah
Oct 09, 2012 Hannah rated it liked it
A fun and entertaining read. A very enjoyable way to learn about this topic.
Abnoos
Dec 09, 2013 Abnoos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You are probably the best author in these series but seriously, you don't have to go all the way down with Christianity.
Izzi Seale
Mar 08, 2014 Izzi Seale rated it really liked it
Loved these books as a kid and recently rediscovered this on my shelf. It's a short read and pack full of info.
Indah Threez Lestari
Jan 03, 2015 Indah Threez Lestari rated it really liked it
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A former actor, theatre-director and drama teacher, Deary says he began writing when he was 29. Most famously, he is one of the authors of the Horrible Histories series of books popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and humorous pictures and among adults for getting children interested in history. Books in the series have been widely translated into other languages ...more
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