The Lion's Slave

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Archimedes is the cleverest man in Greece. So, when the Romans attack, everyone believes he will find a way to save them. Lydia, his slave, thinks so, too. She is just as excited as everyone else when Archimedes creates one amazing invention after another. But who is the real brains behind the inventions?

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Archimedes is the cleverest man in Greece. So, when the Romans attack, everyone believes he will find a way to save them. Lydia, his slave, thinks so, too. She is just as excited as everyone else when Archimedes creates one amazing invention after another. But who is the real brains behind the inventions?

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Children's Literature - Lynn O'Connell
Archimedes, a renowned Greek mathematician (287-212 B.C.) and his inventions, which thwarted Roman invaders for three years, are featured in this six-chapter easy-to-read book. The book is written in first-person, as told by Archimedes' slave, Lydia. As described in this book, Lydia developed an initial concept for three of Archimedes' inventions that he claimed as his own. These inventions included: the catapult (which launched rocks during battle), the Archimedes claw (a crane to lift Roman ships out of the water) and the Archimedes screw (which raised the water out of the river and into the fields). After Lydia provided an initial demonstration, Archimedes would yell "Eureka!" and name the new weapon or tool for himself. Many of these inventions kept the Romans out of Archimedes' city of Syracuse for three years and ultimately earned him the title of "Lion of Syracuse." When the Romans finally conquered Syracuse, a Roman soldier killed Archimedes despite orders that he should not be harmed. Beyond learning about Archimedes, the book—through Lydia's first-person narrative—also introduces readers to the adage, "You may share the work of the great, but you will not share the rewards." Reviewer: Lynn O'Connell
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Terry Deary has authored more than 400 children's books. Some of his books have even been made into cartoons. Terry is also a professional actor and has performed in his own plays. He lives in County Durham, England, United Kingdom.

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