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Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks (Classic Edition) Award-winning author/illustrator

by Terry Deary (author) and Martin Brown (illustrator)

Suitable for 8 - 12 years

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Apparently the Greeks (we are talking about the Ancient variety) were a rather groovy bunch. The boys didn’t start school until they were seven, and girls didn’t have to go at all. Greek children invented all manner of cool games just for something to do, and the grown-ups invented the Olympic Games and made the men run naked. But as this Horrible History shows you, things were not always quite so jolly… and some of the things the Groovy Greeks did were actually, well, quite horrible! So read on to see…
  • Why groovy Greek girls ran about naked pretending to be bears
  • Who had the world’s first flushing toilet
  • Why dedicated doctors tasted their patients’ ear wax! Ugh!

... plus many more yucky facts about the Groovy Greeks!

Product Details


Horrible Histories





Date published

May 7th, 2007

Other details
  • 144 pages



Terry Deary

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Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in 1946 and currently lives in County Durham. Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and Drama teacher. He spends his time writing and directing for his television production company, managing his website,, and touring his Horrible Histories exhibition. Terry is the author of 116 books in the UK and over 250 more worldwide, mainly for children and teenagers, including the popular non-fiction series Horrible Histories. Horrible Histories were launched in 1993 and are now sold in 28 languages from Russia to Brazil, Scandinavia to China.

In 2003, Horrible Histories celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

In 1996 Terry was the best selling British children’s author with 5 of his books in the top ten best-sellers of the year (Waterstones Book Shop tables). In August 1997 he was still leading the way with thirteen titles in the top forty. (Bookseller listings). In 1999, The Daily Telegraph recorded that he outsold Enid Blyton by four to one and a Libraries survey made him the most-borrowed author of non-fiction in Britain – adult and children’s books. Terry currently holds 8 out of the 10 slots for ‘Most Borrowed Children’s Non-Fiction’ authors in the Public Lending Rights annual survey covering July 1998-June 1999. In November 1999 Books for Keeps magazine readers voted him “The outstanding children’s non-fiction author of the 20th Century”.

Terry’s district council have awarded Terry an “oscar” as one of their top citizens and Sunderland University have awarded Terry an Honorary Doctorate in Education (HonDEd) which was awarded in July 2000.

In early 1998, the Top Ten series was launched with two titles written by Terry, Top Ten Shakespeare Stories and Top Ten Greek Legends.

Terry’s latest additions to the Horrible Histories series are the Horrible Histories Special: France and Cruel Crimes and Painful Punishment. And if Horrible Histories wasn’t keeping him busy enough Terry has also contributed a range of titles to the True Stories series including True Mystery Stories and True Horror Stories.

The Horrible Histories exhibition is up and running in museums around Britain until 2003. He has also just set up a television production company and is negotiating to make a series of audio tapes and writing radio scripts for BBC World Service.

“If you haven’t come across ‘Horrible Histories’ before you’ve missed a true publishing phenomenon – Terry Deary seems to have invented a whole new genre with his series of books looking at history in an entirely different way.” Books Magazine, July 96

“I do not like reading very much and my Mum is pleased that I have found some books I like so much that I read them without being asked!” Fan letter from 10-year-old boy

For more information why not visit or join his fan club?

Martin Brown

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Martin Brown was born in Australia but currently lives in Dorset. In 1993, he illustrated the first of the HORRIBLE HISTORIES, and has now contributed to more than 60 titles in the series.

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  1. Evie 113313

    on 4 March 2014

    tells you things you would never think of

  2. Croc 113527

    on 4 March 2014

    I read this book because I was going to learn about Ancient Greece at school.

    4out of 5
  3. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 19 May 2013

    I’m learning about this is class

  4. Default avatar

    on 9 March 2013

    A good book!

    5out of 5
  5. Avatar bat 761713

    on 6 March 2013

    Terry Deary has made a brilliant, educational set of books! They teach you all about how the people of the past live! I would recommend an age range of 8-12 for this book

    5out of 5
  6. Pearl 113298

    on 6 March 2013

    a good and funny way to learn history, i have all of the books and i really enjoy all the different series!

  7. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2013

    its a good book

  8. Avatar cat 761729

    on 6 March 2013

    Horrible Histories are by FAR the funniest way to learn about history. Pretty awesome!

  9. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2013

    Full of history about the Greeks, really makes history fun! :)

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  11. Evie 113313

    on 7 March 2012

    a great but grusome book and they have got the tv show as well but i think that the book is better

    5out of 5
  12. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 2 March 2012

    i did greeks for my homework and this book was great i traced the guy on the cover.

  13. Default avatar

    on 2 March 2012

    i like this book it is full of funny pictures and great facts to help me learn.

  14. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2012

    From Troy to the Spartans, this book tells you everything you need to know! And in a fun, easily enjoyable way as well!

  15. Goldie 113308

    on 30 November 2011


    Lucia aged 10

    5out of 5
  16. Pearl 113298

    on 11 September 2011

    This is a hilarious yet informative book about the Greeks! :-D I would reccomend it to every person who doesn’t scream! :-)

    5out of 5
  17. Avatar owl 761790

    on 3 March 2011

    REALLY interesting. I love Greeks and would recommend this to everyone and anyone

    5out of 5
  18. Jane blonde 113694

    on 3 March 2011

    This is great as we have just had a proect at school and I brought this book at the book fete it is a good book.

  19. Default avatar

    on 3 March 2011

    A funny and well illustrated book by Terry Deary and Martin Brown.Myths, stories and Legends are all hidden in this groovy book!Not only that,but fun quizzes to keep kids intrested, along with amazing facts!

    5out of 5
  20. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 3 March 2011

    Amazing book very interesting

  21. Default avatar

    on 1 March 2011

    I have read this book and it is very good.

  22. Ef castle thumb 2

    on 8 August 2010

    Very useful for homework and Terry Deary cleverly combines the boring history lessons your teachers drone on and on about and fun bits of plays and humour to engage kid`s interest in this choosen subject. I especially enjoyed the comic strips and diaries. In a nutshell, it`s awesome! Check out the I`m a Greek part one and two music videos on the website.

    5out of 5
  23. Evie 113313

    on 7 August 2010

    This booked is jam packed full of amazing fun facts! If your top subject is history this book is for you. I think Terry Deary is a great author.

    5out of 5
  24. Love stargirl 113412

    on 30 April 2010

    The first Horrible History book that I have read, and now, I want to read the whole collections. Really funny and it taught me loads about greeks too! Loved it!

    5out of 5
  25. Hayley 113303

    on 14 February 2010

    It’s funniest book ever! 5 star rating!!!!!!

    5out of 5
  26. Default avatar

    on 7 June 2009

    This is a great book. It uses humour and comedy to help you to understand some of the things which the Ancient Greeks did. These books are great for school projects and are not at all boring. I recommend this book for everyone, especially history lovers, school children and people who are interested in ancient civilizations. If you have already read this book, I recommend that you read the rest of the series (which I have done), as they are great as well. There are quotes, speeches and illustrations, which help you to understand the necessary facts.