I thought I would pay a little homage to a few of the authors and reviewers that have contributed to not only my reading enjoyment but who have gone above and beyond to encourage this fledgling wordsmith. I guess to start at the beginning I must mention the renowned classical historical fiction author, Mary Renault. Her series on Theseus,especially The King Must Die were instrumental in getting me into ancient fiction. While we’re in the Greek era, the books on Odysseus by Glyn Iliffe are marvelous books on the Trojan War…also the Tyrant series by Christian Cameron are top notch. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Judith Starkson’s Hand of Fire; another book that takes place at Troy but this one is from the point of view of Briseis.
Regarding fiction of a Roman kind I can say for sure that Colleen McCullough’s First Man in Rome series cannot be beat. It’s long and it’s detailed but what wonderful stories and imaginative interpretations of the major characters of the period from Marius thru Antony and the rise of the Empire. For some work of a more sleuthful nature, check out Steven Saylor’s Roma Sub Rosa stories on Gordianus the Finder; the Falco books by Lindsey Davis; also authors David Wishart and John Maddox Roberts have written many intriguing whodunits.
Going back even further to the beginning of civilization in the Tigris-Euphrates region, the novels by Sam Barone are excellent as are the Egyptian works of Lauren Haney, Lynda Robinson.
More in part 2. 🙂