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A Question of History

Why did the ancient Greeks ride elephants into battle? And other questions about ancient Greece...

Tim Cooke



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31 August 2021
A lighthearted history series that tackles the questions that children really ask.

Take a look at the wackier side of history!

Why did Minoans have strong ankles? How did an owl inspire a city? And why on Earth did the ancient Greeks exercise NAKED?

With an engaging question and answer format, this series draws young readers into the fascinating, sometimes gruesome, world of famous peoples and civilisations through history. Each spread opens with a simple question, opening up an exploration of an aspect of the life of a people or civilisation and busting some popular myths along the way!.

The lively lay-out is supported by annotated photos and cartoons, making history fun and accessible for every young reader.

Titles in the series:
What happened to mummies' brains? And other questions about the Ancient Egyptians
Did the kings of Benin really keep pet leopards? And other questions about the kingdom of Benin
Did the Celts really use hair gel? And other questions about the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age
Why did the ancient Greeks use elephants in battle? And other questions about the ancient Greeks
Why did the Maya stick needles in their tongues? And other questions about the Maya
Did the Romans really eat flamingos? And other questions about the Romans
Why did the Shang write on turtles? And other questions about the Shang Dynasty
Did the Vikings really wear horns on their helmets? And other questions about the Vikings
Imprint:   Wayland
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 262mm,  Width: 210mm,  Spine: 8mm
Weight:   160g
ISBN:   9781526315359
ISBN 10:   1526315351
Series:   A Question of History
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 11 years
Audience:   Primary & secondary/elementary & high school ,  Children's (6-12)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
1: Who were the ancient Greeks? 2: Why did Minoans have strong ankles? 3: Why did farmers beat their trees? 4: Could you start a city state in your bedroom? 5: Which city was inspired by an owl? 6: Why did Spartans lock their pantries? 7: Why did the Greeks exercise naked? 8: Did the gods really dress as tramps? 9: Where were all the ladies' loos? 10: How did a broken vase help democracy? 11: Why did Pythagoras avoid beans? 12: How did Archimedes defeat Rome with a magnifying glass? 13: Quick-fire questions 14: Glossary, mini timeline and further information 15: Index

Tim Cooke is a graduate of Oxford University. He has worked in children's publishing for over 20 years, and has written or contributed to dozens of books on a wide range of subjects. Among his publications as writer or editor are numerous sets about military history, particularly the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. He has also written extensively about general history, both ancient and modern.

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