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Rotten Romans [Paperback]

Terry Deary
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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May 4 2009 Horrible Histories TV Tie-in
After fifteen fearsome years on the page, "Horrible Histories" are coming to the small screen - with all the nasty bits intact - of course. Twelve classic "Horrible Histories" are being reissued with a tie-in cover. In "Rotten Romans" readers can discover the full story, including: after dinner fights to the death; Julius Caesar's fatal footwear faux pas; and, Emperor Heliogabalas and his cobweb collection.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I was very excited when I first about the "Horrible Histories" series. But, after reading the "Rotten Romans," I question the historic accuracy of the series. I do not claim to be an expert on Romans, but I have taught the topic for 8+ years (although I'm sure Mr. Deary would not consider me anything but an morron considering his references to teachers in this book)and I have found some incorrect items, example: the Romans used the "thumbs down" for life and the "thumbs up" for death not the reverse, as Mr. Deary says in the book. Read it for fun not for historical research.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Histories April 20 2002
By D.F.
This books are wonderful. They make learning history fun and cool. It combines jokes, historical facts and funny information in a great easy-to-read package. My 4th grader loves the whole series. Both reluctant readers and history lovers will enjoy the breezy way history is told in these books. Ideal for 3rd-5th graders and even middle school students. Great as gifts or for a classroom. Too bad all history books aren't this fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rotten Romans Rule Jan. 26 2000
By A Customer
The Rotten Romans is a really good book if you're learning about ancient Rome, or anytime you need a good book. It makes jokes ("Dad's mad, Blad") and gives interesting information you don't find anywhere else (Did you know the Celts admired their hair so much that they didn't wear helmets in battle?). It tells stories and has made-up diaries of a warrior. It is a really funny book, and if you liked it, there are lots and lots of other Horrible Histories. There's the Awesome Egyptians, Measly Middle Ages, Vicious Vikings, and Groovy Greeks. There are also Vile Victorians, Angry Aztecs, Terrible Tudors, and Blitzed Brits (not available online). Hope you enjoy this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! April 2 2002
I have read nearly all of the books in the Horrible Histories Series and I love them! The reader is drawn into the world of the Romans and is given truthful information on all of the wars and emperors in a calm, relaxed, even humorous fasion. Nobody likes learning lists of dated and rulers. The Horrible Histories books are nothing like that. They really draw you into their world and you feel as if you are going back in time to the streets of Rome under Caligula's rule and feel like a Roman. This is a great way to learn history in a relaxing environment. It's a great way to escape your troublesome world and enter the world of the Rotten Roman's! I recommend it to anyone!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but not very educational Oct. 20 2000
By A Customer
Terry Deary takes a humorous look at Ancient Rome, and it is enjoyable, but I don't think it deserves the kudos that most people are giving it. The book really doesn't give children an accurate view of the Roman Empire. Too much space is devoted (in a very small book) to Britannia, and not enough to Rome itself. There's far too great a tendency to point out the ridiculous, and not enough nearly zero) to chronological facts. Hence, while intersting reading, I don't think young people will really learn much about Roman History from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Romans is a a cool book to read. Dec 13 1998
By A Customer
I think this book puts the life back into History. It was an excellent read. I liked the battles it made it sound really gory. I thought it was brilliant the way it talked about the Romans fighting the Celts. I have read lots of other History books by him. Like The Cut Throat Celts and the Groovy Greeks.I am thinking of making up my own Horrible History book. If I do it was him who inspired me to write one. I hope Terry Deary will make lots more of these books in the future. I give it 10 out of 10.
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The contents of this book are filled with interesting and juicy tidbits of information you will never find in a textbook! With hilarious pictures, The Rotten Romans reveals the wackier side of ancient Roman life. The book stays with real facts. Some were so unbelievable that I had to verify them in the encyclopedia (they were true!) It's the best book to put your history teacher on the spot. So you might think, "How could history be interesting?" Well, this book comes the closest in making it so!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GGGGGGGREAT book! July 3 2001
By A Customer
This was the first horrible history book I got, and I got it when I was in Britain. I fell in love with this book, it was soo funny I had to get more. It is a great book to learn about history. I love them so much I couldn't put the book down. When I came back home to the U.S. I couldn't find any of these books, but I've read the ones I already had over and over. From now on, I'll have to order more of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good book with good jokes.
The Rotten Romans has very good jokes. It has poems written by Roman poets in it. It has got all about the Celts and Roman feasts. It is beautifully written. Read more
Published on June 4 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Rotten Romans
It is really good. I did not Know much about ancient rome before I read it. Emporer Nero killed his mom.Show it to your teacher shes not as smart as she thinks!
Published on May 25 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars You have to read this book. It is a must have.
This Horrible Histories book is about the Romans (who were rotten.)How long you'd be in the army, what rewards you'd get in the army and all that stuff.I won't tell you the rest. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
this is a real fun book and a easy way for children to learn about history. those who find history boring will find this interesting. Read more
Published on April 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Description of Life in Ancient Rome
Terry Deary's "The Rotten Roman's" makes learning about Ancient Romans for the younger generation easy! Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2000 by "the_jooster"
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoloulty Hilarious
This book is soooo funny that you'll forget that your actually learning something. 5 stars all the way!
Published on Sept. 22 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Terry Deary is just fascinating. Boring history turned into wonderful history after reading his books. A humourous, fun and lovable writer. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 1999
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