Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire

Dangerous Days in the Roman Empire : Terrors and Torments, Diseases and Deaths

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From the internationally bestselling author of Horrible Histories, the first volume in a new series for adults. 'Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in-for-me,' Julius Caesar cried as he fell under the thrusts of twenty daggers. Oh, all right, Caesar didn't cry that, Kenneth Williams did in the movie Carry on Cleo. But nor did he sigh 'Et tu, brute?' as Shakespeare would have us believe. The history we think we know is full of misconceptions, mischiefs, misunderstandings ...and monks who misused their spell-checkers. What the general reader needs is a history that explores our ancestors with humour and compassion. 'Humour' and 'history' are not two words you often see in the same sentence: our past was a dangerous and dirty place full of cruel rulers, foul food and terrible toilets. A short life, not a merry one, for most. Dangerous days in which to live and, inevitably, die. Die dreadfully too. 'Murder breathed her bloody steam.' That's what rhymester Byron said when he looked at the crumbling Coliseum. The Roman Emperors: they came, they saw, they left behind their bloody steam. This is their story - it could be the funniest history you'll ever read.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 142 x 224 x 24mm | 249.47g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0297870564
  • 9780297870562
  • 56,223

About Terry Deary

Terry Deary is the author of over 200 books which have sold more than 30 million copies, and was voted OUTSTANDING CHILDREN'S NON-FICTION AUTHOR OF THE 20TH CENTURY by BOOKS FOR KEEPS magazine. http://www.terry-deary.com/

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Terry Deary's first adult-rated version of his child-friendly Horrible Histories relishes "the terrors and the torments, the dirt, diseases and deaths suffered by our ancestors". -- Iain Finlayson THE TIMES

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