The Tortoise and the Dare: Bk. 2 (Greek Tales)

The Tortoise and the Dare: Bk. 2 (Greek Tales)

Terry Deary

Language: English

Pages: 64

ISBN: B00439GMZ6

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750 BC. The boys at school are excited. The Olympic games are coming to the city. They may be too young to compete, but their teacher suggests the school should have its own games. Of course, girls have no part at all in these festivities, so Elena can only watch as her twin brother, Cypselis, prepares for the race. Then she discovers he has made a bet with Big Bacchiad (the school bully). If Cypselis wins he will get a new goat, if he loses then Elena will become Bacchiad's slave. Elena's freedom is at stake - she needs all her cunning to make sure her brother wins. But will he? As Aesop said, 'Slow and steady wins the race.'

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sun was low in the sky and the earth was still warm as we lay on the ground, panting. “You’re a tortoise compared to me, Cypselis. A tortoise!” I looked down into the valley. The stadium stood there with its high banks casting long shadows over the track. Some boys were racing down the course. “There’s Big Bacchiad,” Cypselis said, and he pointed at the boy in the lead. Bacchiad was tall and powerful. He was the son of Olympia’s richest farmer and had the strength of one of his father’s

of the stadium, turn at the pillar and run back.” “Take your marks…” Telemachus began. * A Greek teacher called Aristotle had that potty idea – he said that the gods made men to rule the world; women and slaves could not even think because they had such weak brains.Women and slaves were just there to do as men told them! Of course Aristotle was a man. He would say that. Chapter Three “Go!” Telemachus cried, and we set off down the track with the low sun in our faces. Big Bacchiad made the

muttered. “The boys have already started talking about who will win. We’re doing the same events as the grownups. There’s the foot race – 200 paces – then the double foot race – 400 paces. We’ll have the standing long jump, quoit throwing and javelin!” “Great,” I said. “I think I could win the foot race,” he babbled. “I’ll practise after dinner. What are we having for dinner, Mother? Cheese and milk?” “Bread and water,” she sighed. “I love cheese and milk!” “Bread and water,” I said,

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