Did Greek Soldiers Really Hide Inside the Trojan Horse?: And Other Questions about the Ancient World

Overview

Egyptians made their pet cats into mummies.

The Greeks invented the idea of going to school.

Julius Caesar's last words were "Et tu, Brute"

You may have heard these common sayings or beliefs before. But are they really true Can they be proven through research Let's investigate seventeen statements about the ancient world and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the ...

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Overview

Egyptians made their pet cats into mummies.

The Greeks invented the idea of going to school.

Julius Caesar's last words were "Et tu, Brute"

You may have heard these common sayings or beliefs before. But are they really true Can they be proven through research Let's investigate seventeen statements about the ancient world and find out which ones are right, which ones are wrong, and which ones stump even the experts! Find out whether the Romans ate so much at meals that they had to take time out to vomit! Discover whether Mount Olympus is a real place! See if you can tell the difference between fact and fiction with Is That a Fact

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761349129
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Is That a Fact? Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 449,993
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol M. Scavella Burrell is a native New Yorker who started studying Latin in high school and went on to major in Classics at Cornell University. She has been a children's book editor, a designer for videogames set in the Roman Forum, and an art director for roleplaying games set in outer space. She is the creator of the webcomic SPQR Blues, historical fiction about the ancient eruption of Mount Vesuvius, and is the adaptor and artist for the graphic novel version of Octavia Butler's Kindred, a time-travel tale about the Antebellum South. She is also the published author of short stories set in ancient Egypt, WWII, and the spooky, ghost-filled swamps of southern Florida. She currently edits graphic novels and lives with a wild-eyed cat called Morgan-and-Wong.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Fun and fabulous book of ancient "mysteries"

    There are all kinds of mysteries and rumors you hear that keep you wondering if they are really true or not. If you are interested in Greek mythology, as many people are these days, you are probably wondering about Mt. Olympus, especially if you are a Goddess Girls or Percy Jackson fan. There were Zeus, Aphrodite, Artemis, Athena, Ares, and other gods and goddesses mentioned in the series. And of course there was Mt. Olympus. But is there a real Mount Olympus? In this book you'll not only find out if there was or not, but you'll find out some other very interesting facts that will boost your trivia bank and WOW your friends. Just in case you want a sneak peek, these Greek gods "drank nectar and ate ambrosia, a food that made them immortal." Maybe you like to spout facts to your friends that have that yuck factor. Did those gluttonous Romans have "such huge banquets that they had to vomit between courses?" We do know they did have vomitoriums, but was there any connection? There is a rumor going around that Egyptian pharaohs used to marry their sisters. Eeeeew! There's also one that claims Hannibal road a herd of elephants over the Alps so they could attack Rome. Cool, but was it true? You're going to find many interesting historical facts and fallacies in this book, including the one about that Trojan horse that will amaze you. You'll learn about mummies (including cat ones), whether or not Egyptians buried their servants alive, Cleopatra and the snake that killed her (did it?), the origin of school, the Olympic games, gladiators and the "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" sign, and you'll learn many other interesting facts about the ancient world. The actual set up of the book makes it interesting to browse while presenting a lot of fascinating information in a painless manner. For example, when presenting the material on the Roman gladiators and the "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" signal, we also learn that "Gladiators were slaves or volunteers who couldn't find other work: and that "Women could become gladiators too." The physical set up of the book is busy and draws the eye here and there exploring information. The double columned main text is surrounded by photographs, art reproductions, sidebars, and balloons that carry additional information about the topic at hand. Sidebars present many interesting historical vignettes from information about Herodotus to a Roman cookie recipe. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore. Quilll says: This fun and fabulous book of ancient "mysteries" will encourage the young student to delve deeper into the history of the ancient world.

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