Horrible Histories: Groovy Greeks (Classic Edition) Award-winning team 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



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Terry Deary

Photo of Terry Deary

Martin Brown

Photo of Martin Brown

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  1. Venera2
    on 4 March 2014

    tells you things you would never think of

  2. Sushi21
    on 4 March 2014

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

    4 out of 5
  3. izziewizard
    on 19 May 2013

    I’m learning about this is class

  4. preciousone
    on 9 March 2013

    A good book!

    5 out of 5
  5. ninjastickman
    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

    5 out of 5
  6. ellie-melay27
    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. bugzy72
    on 6 March 2013

    its a good book

  8. catlover96
    on 6 March 2013

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

  9. Sherlock25
    on 4 March 2013

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

  10. natashakrywald
    on 4 March 2013


  11. salimisra
    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

    5 out of 5
  12. Flissy22
    on 2 March 2012

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

  13. angelslater
    on 2 March 2012

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

  14. derricka
    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. luckylucia4233
    on 30 November 2011


    Lucia aged 10

    5 out of 5
  16. Cutiesweet
    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! :-)

    5 out of 5
  17. Funkyboy9
    on 3 March 2011

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

    5 out of 5
  18. Lolo95
    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. MaxFlash
    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!

    5 out of 5
  20. pippy60
    on 3 March 2011

    Amazing book very interesting

  21. rooietay15
    on 1 March 2011

    I have read this book and it is very good.

  22. BookxLoverx11
    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.

    5 out of 5
  23. missreadalot
    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.

    5 out of 5
  24. rosilia2213
    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!

    5 out of 5
  25. floppy
    on 14 February 2010

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

    5 out of 5
  26. Ben05
    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.