The Groovy Greeks (Horrible Histories) (Horrible Histories) (Horrible Histories)
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finished the whole bull before the day was out. But maybe there are some gods on Olympus with a sense of fair play. Because, in the end, Milon got what he deserved. Exactly what he deserved. It started with him showing off again. He split open a tree with his bare hands … but his hand became stuck in the split. Try as he might he couldn’t get free. When a pack of wolves came along they licked their chops and moved in on Milon. What did they do to Milon? Just what Milon did to the young bull
bodge-up at Beneventum the Greeks arrived at Argos. In the battle an elephant lost its driver. The creature ran round the battlefield until it found him, dead on the ground. It picked him up with its trunk and rested the body across the tusks before carrying its dead master off the battlefield. And it wasn’t too bothered who it trampled to death as it crossed the battlefield – Greek friends as well as Roman enemies. Pathetic Pyrrhus King Pyrrhus met a particularly pathetic end in his battle
they’re too early!’ the young man gasped. ‘Either that or they aren’t our men,’ Charidemus said. ‘How can we tell in the darkness?’ ‘The password, man, the password … you know, “Wooden Horse”. Quick! Challenge them,’ the general ordered. ‘Who goes there?’ the lieutenant called. ‘Friend!’ came the reply. ‘Give the password.’ After a moment a voice called, ‘Castor!’ The Greeks looked at General Charidemus. ‘Let them in. If we don’t they’ll raise the alarm before our men get here.
war machines like the catapult – they keep the Romans out for three years. 213 Archimedes has mirrors set along the harbour walls – they dazzle the Romans and set fire to their boats … Romans delayed for a while but… 212 Here come the Romans. 146 Greece part of the Roman Empire. AD 393 Romans abandon Olympic Games – they don’t happen again for 1500 years. The gruesome gods Before the groovy Greeks came the mighty Mycenaean people, who ruled Greece. Their greatest palace was on the
2 Xerxes ordered that the sea should receive lashes and have iron shackles thrown in as a punishment. One story even said he sent torturers to brand the sea with burning irons. Paper-headed Persians The Greeks wouldn’t have feared the Persians so much if they’d known what the great historian Herodotus knew. He told a remarkable story about an earlier Persian battlefield – at Pelusium in Egypt where the Persians had fought in 525 BC. The wooden wall After slaughtering the Spartans, Xerxes