The Invitation (Chronicles of a Courtesan Book 1)
He is entering the home of a woman who is neither a child in the care of her father, nor a married woman in the care of her husband, nor a widow virtuously living with her son. He seats himself along with his monks on the floor of the courtyard and Ambapali joins her women in serving the monks. After the meal is over the Buddha speaks to the women once more about the impermanence of the world of the living and the Eightfold Path of the Dhamma.
Craving and the desire for the things of this world causes suffering, he tells them. Give up these cravings now and stop your suffering. Ambapali bows before the Buddha and takes off her ivory bangles, her earrings and heavy gold necklace. Within a few short years of her meeting with the Buddha, she will give away her considerable fortune — her talking parrots, ivory-handled vanity mirrors, carved wooden spice boxes and trunks full of silk — which she has spent a lifetime accumulating, and beg to be ordained into the Bhikkuni Sangha.
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Poignant by way of funny, and philosophical by way of grotesque, Hernandez's stories are prayers for self-sovereignty. Funny and sharp, it doesn't choke a good story in whimsy. Fans of Preacher and Sandman will have a great time with this one. Well, if you were a rogue angel, you might just cause the Apocalypse. And it looks like that's just what he's about to do when he lands in a polygamist cult in Utah. So, now it's up to the rest of God's divine posse, including Jesus and Lucifer , to save all of existence from certain destruction.
In his debut novel, Brett Cottrell takes you on a provocative, celestial roller coaster ride that will have you laughing on the edge of your seat all the way to the gates of Hell. By Lisa M Bradley. Twenty years ago, a toxic spill in the small, southwest Texas town of Exile poisoned residents with permanent rage. When her abusive brother dies in battle, Heidi turns her clinical eye to his killer.
An Outsider who arrived post-spill, Tank seems open to Heidi's advances. Is Tank her ticket out of Exile? Before she can find out, the two are besieged by her vengeful family. Heidi must keep their blood feud from triggering a war with the feds if she wants to escape Exile. So Heidi's picked the wrong mark, her family is gunning for her, and the feds are itching to nuke Exile once and for all. In combing the planet to find the best in each field, Rosarium's own Bill Campbell has found a fellow spirit in Italian publisher, Francesco Verso.
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To become the King, you have to take the crown. It won't be given up lightly. Heroin kingpin, Willis McDaniel, has been wearing that particular piece of jewelry for far too long, and youngblood, Lennie Jack, thinks it would look really good on his head. When a junkie tells Jack about a big delivery, the young Vietnam vet makes his move. Feeling his empire crumble, McDaniel puts the word out to find whoever's responsible. Christian Cameron, Force of Kings , about twin rulers who after Alexander's death must make a risky decision to ally themselves with one or another of his warring former generals; 6 in the Tyrant series.
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Christian Cameron, Killer of Men , about a Greek farm boy enslaved after a battle who vows vengeance as Persian armies threaten Greece; 1 in the Long War series. Christian Cameron, Poseidon's Spear , about a Greek who joins a brotherhood of freed slaves to gain revenge on the Carthaginian who enslaved him; 3 in the Long War series. Chaudhry, The Queen of Sparta , a retelling of the story of Gorgo of Sparta which imagines that she orchestrated the Greek resistance to the Persian invasion of B.
Alexander Cole, Colossus , about a mahout whose courage in facing a rampaging war elephant impresses Alexander the Great. Elizabeth Cook, Achilles , a literary novel about Achilles, the heroic Greek warrior who fought in the Trojan War. Laurel Corona, Penelope's Daughter , a retelling of Homer's Odyssey from the perspective of the daughter of Odysseus and Penelope.
Ian Crouch, The Shaping of Destiny , about the young king Pyrrhus of Epirus, described by Hannibal as the second finest military leader in the world after Alexander; 1 in the Pyrrhic Victory series. Dath, Olympia , about efforts to revive the Olympic Games during the war between Athens and Sparta. Sprague de Camp, An Elephant for Aristotle , about a man who undertakes a mission for Alexander the Great which involves a journey across the known world.
Greek navigator who attempts a sea voyage from Egypt to India by sailing around the coast of Africa. John Dempsey, Ariadne's Brother , about Ariadne, a young queen of Minoan Crete shortly before its fall; self-published. Ivan Efremov or Yefremov , Thais of Athens in the original Russian , about the beautiful Athenian hetaira Thais, who traveled with the army of Alexander the Great. Colin Falconer, Colossus , about a courageous elephant trainer who rises to a high position in Alexander the Great's army and is faced with a choice between honor and power.
Michael Curtis Ford, The Ten Thousand , about the Athenian soldier Xenophon and an army of ten thousand Greek mercenaries who fight in a war to topple the Persian ruler. Sarah B.
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John Gardner, The Wreckage of Agathon , about a seer and his apprentice imprisoned because of their supposed involvement in a rebellion against the Spartan tyrant Lykourgos commonly spelled Lycurgus. Laura Gill, Helen's Daughter , about the daughter of Helen of Troy, left behind at age nine when her mother is abducted, and reunited with her parents after the Trojan War when she is nineteen; self-published; available as an ebook only. Robert Graves, Homer's Daughter , about who the author of the Odyssey may have been if, as some scholars have speculated, she was a woman.
Kerry Greenwood, Cassandra , about the prophetess who predicted the fall of Troy and was not believed; 1 in the Delphic Women trilogy. Kerry Greenwood, Electra , about Electra, the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, and her brother Orestes, who flee their home and plan vengeance after their mother murders their father; 2 in the Delphic Women trilogy. Kerry Greenwood, Medea , about the legendary sorceress who helped Jason acquire the Golden Fleece, and then killed her children by him in revenge; 3 in the Delphic Women trilogy. Judith Hand, Voice of the Goddess , about a woman and her lover in ancient Crete during a time of invasion and the volcanic eruption that destroyed the nearby island of Santorini.
Emily Hauser, For the Immortal , about a Greek woman who accompanies Hercules on his voyage to the land of the Amazons, where she hopes to find a cure for her dying brother. Higley, Pyramid of Secrets revised ; previously released in as City of the Dead , 2 in the Seven Wonders series , about the architect of a pyramid whose spiritual certainties are shaken by his contact with believers in the One God; now 1 in the Seven Wonders series.
Higley, Garden of Madness , about the daughter of the mad king Nebuchadnezzar; Christian message; 2 in the Seven Wonders series. Higley, Isle of Shadows revised ; previously released as Shadow of Colossus , 1 in the Seven Wonders series , about a former courtesan who hides the death of her patron, a politician, with the help of his head servant, a follower of the one God; Christian message; now 3 in the Seven Wonders series. Higley, Keeper of the Flame revised ; previously released as Guardian of the Flame , 3 in the Seven Wonders series , about a woman who guards the famous lighthouse at Alexandria; Christian message; now 4 in the Seven Wonders series.
Higley, So Shines the Night , about a woman, rescued by a wealthy merchant of Ephesus, who now serves as his tutor, as tensions build between pagans and Christians; 5 in the Seven Wonders series. Tom Holt, Olympiad , a comic novel about the first Olympic Games. Homer, The Iliad , the classic epic poem written in ancient history B. Homer, The Odyssey , an epic poem based on legends about the wanderings of Odysseus, a Greek survivor of the Trojan War, and his return home to Ithaca; written around the eighth century B.
Peter Huby, Pasiphae , based on the Greek myth about Pasiphae, the wife of the Cretan King Minos, and her passion for a white bull. Glyn Iliffe, King of Ithaca , about Odysseus and the beginning of the Trojan War, narrated by a soldier who accompanies him; 1 in the Adventures of Odysseus series.
Glyn Iliffe, The Gates of Troy , about Odysseus and his efforts to find Achilles and persuade him to join the warriors of Greece in the war against Troy after Helen is Sparta is abducted; 2 in the Adventures of Odysseus series. Glyn Iliffe, Return to Ithaca , about the Odysseus's return home, where he finds his wife and son besieged by her suitors; 6 in the Adventures of Odysseus series.
John James, Votan , a humorous novel about a Greek merchant whose travels in Germanic lands inspire the beginnings of Norse mythology. John James, Not For All the Gold in Ireland , a humorous novel about a Greek merchant who meets figures from legend during his travels through Ireland and Britain; sequel to Votan. Peter Katsionis, Patrida: A Novel of the Pankration , about a young slave who wins his freedom by fighting in the pankration during the time of Alexander the Great's father, Philip of Macedon; self-published. Kraay, The Olympian: A Tale of Ancient Hellas , about an elderly poet in ancient Greece who recalls his admiration for a boxer who participated in the 75th Olympiad as Xerxes prepared to attack Greece; self-published.
Brief Critique. Tim Leach, The Last King of Lydia , about Croesus, the wealthy king of Lydia now part of Turkey , who reputedly once asked the Athenian philosopher Solon who was the happiest man in the world. Morgan Llywelyn, The Elementals , a four-part novel that links stories based on the destruction of the legendary Atlantis and the earthquake that destroyed Knossos with stories set in contemporary New England and in the future.
David Malouf, Ransom , a poetic novel inspired by the Iliad which focuses on the Trojan king Priam's visit to Achilles in the Greek camp after the deaths of Patroclus and Hector. Valerio Massimo Manfredi, The Spartan , about two brothers, one raised in the Spartan warrior tradition, the other in a family of Helot slaves.
Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Tyrant in the original Italian; first English edition , about Dionysius, the Tyrant of Syracuse, and his military challenge to Carthage in the fifth century B. Edison Marshall, Earth Giant , based on the legends about Hercules. Zachary Mason, The Lost Books of the Odyssey , an experimental literary novel written in the form of an imagined lost original text of Homer's Odyssey. John McLeod, Lord of the World , about Alexander the Great from the time of his Persian campaign to his campaign on the borders of India; 2 in the Alexander series; self-published.
John McLeod, God of War , about Alexander the Great from his later military campaigns to the end of his life; 3 in the Alexander series; self-published. Mark Merlis, An Arrow's Flight , a novel about Achilles' gay son which moves from a swinging modern city where he waits tables and works as a hustler back to ancient Troy where he is called to fulfill a prophecy that he will win the victory his father could not.
Madeline Miller, Circe , about Circe, the legendary nymph who entertained Odysseus on her isle and delayed his return from Troy. Nicholas Nicastro, The Isle of Stone , about two Spartan brothers who, despite their testy relationship, must fight alongside each other during the Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens. Max Overton, Lion of Scythia , about a cavalry officer in Alexander the Great's army who is captured by Scythians. Max Overton, The Golden King , about warfare among the Scythians as an officer of Alexander the Great struggles to gain influence in the tribe that has captured him.
Max Overton, Funeral in Babylon , about a Greek officer who has gained power among the Scythians as the end comes for Alexander the Great. Stephanie Plowman, The Road to Sardis , about a young cousin of the Athenian general Alcibiades during the Peloponnesian War; the author intended this novel for adult readers, although the publisher promoted it for teens. Stephanie Plowman, The Leaping Song , about Greeks defending themselves from Persian invaders during the Battle of Salamis; the author intended this novel for adult readers, although the publisher promoted it for teens.
Steven Pressfield, Last of the Amazons , a novel of warfare based on the legend of Theseus and the Amazons from Greek mythology. Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire , about the suicidal Spartan effort to hold the pass at Thermopylae against a much larger Persian army in B. Steven Pressfield, The Afghan Campaign , about a Macedonian soldier in Alexander the Great's army during its campaign in what is now Afghanistan; 2 in a series.
Jane Rawlings, The Penelopeia , a novel in verse form about the adventures of Penelope, Odysseus' wife, when she travels to consult the Pythian oracle after Odysseus' return from Troy. Marc Read, New Stars for Old , a collection of short stories about the history of astronomy featuring characters like Aristotle, Galileo and Newton.
Article about Mary Renault. Mary Renault, The Persian Boy , about Alexander the Great from the perspective of a Persian youth who became his lover after Alexander's conquest of Persia; 2 in the Alexander trilogy. Mary Renault, Funeral Games , about the friends of Alexander the Great after his death; 3 in the Alexander trilogy. Shan Sa, Alexander and Alestria , a novel about Alexander the Great in which he has a love affair with an Amazon queen from the eastern steppe country.
Melissa Scott, A Choice of Destinies , a novel of alternative history which imagines what might have happened if Alexander the Great had faced a choice between his campaign to conquer the East or challenging the emerging power of Rome. Miranda Seymour, Medea , based on an ancient Greek legend about a sorceress who told Jason how fo find the Golden Fleece.
Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze: A Thousand Ships , a graphic novel incorporating archaeological findings with ancient legends to retell the Trojan War story; 1 in the Age of Bronze graphic novel series. Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze: Sacrifice , a graphic novel incorporating archaeological findings with ancient legends to retell the Trojan War story; 2 in the Age of Bronze graphic novel series. Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze: Betrayal part 1 , a graphic novel incorporating archaeological findings with ancient legends to retell the Trojan War story; 3 in the Age of Bronze graphic novel series.
Eric Shanower, Age of Bronze: Betrayal part 2 , a graphic novel incorporating archaeological findings with ancient legends to retell the Trojan War story; 4 in the Age of Bronze graphic novel series. Noble Smith, Sons of Zeus , about a young warrior of Plataea who is dreaming of glory in the Olympic Games when, after a traitor betrays the city, he gathers a band of warriors to battle their way out of the gates; 1 in the Warrior trilogy. Noble Smith, Spartans at the Gates , about a young warrior of Plataea, an ally of Athens during the Peloponnesian War, who is sent to Athens for help when the Spartans attack; 2 in the Warrior trilogy.
Noble Smith, Sword of Apollo , about a young warrior of Plataea who sets out to lead his people to Athens while a huge Spartan army tries to hunt them down. Katarina Soul, Fortuna's Magic , historical fantasy about a foundling raised by a sorceress and her efforts to develop powerful enough magical abilities to escape slavery; self-published; 1 in the Priestess of the Aegean trilogy. Katarina Soul, The Etheric Realm , historical fantasy about a woman who serves as a Delphic oracle but wishes to escape and return to her beloved; self-published; 2 in the Priestess of the Aegean trilogy.
Katarina Soul, The Elixir of Life , historical fantasy about a woman who bands together with a group of other alchemists to defeat King Xerxes and preserve Greek democracy; self-published; 3 in the Priestess of the Aegean trilogy. Turteltaub, Over the Wine-Dark Sea , straight historical fiction about ancient Greek seamen by an author who also writes alternative history novels under his real name, Harry Turtledove; 1 in a series. Turteltaub, The Gryphon's Skull , about ancient Greek seamen; 2 in a series.
Turteltaub, The Sacred Land , about ancient Greek seamen; 3 in a series. Turteltaub, Owls to Athens , about ancient Greek seamen; 4 in a series. Gore Vidal, Creation , about a Persian ambassador to Athens and his travels through the ancient world, echoing those of Herodotus. Florence Wallin, According to Helen , a novel which reimagines Helen of Troy as the ruling queen over the region that would become Sparta. Rex Warner, Pericles the Athenian , about the great fifth century B.
Athenian leader. Christa Wolf, Medea , a literary retelling of the Medea story that looks behind the misogynistic fantasy of the ancient legend to portray a realistic woman. Gene Wolfe, Soldier of the Mist ; Latro in the Mist combines this novel and the sequel, Soldier of Arete in one volume , about a Spartan mercenary who, after a head injury, loses his short-term memory and gains the ability to speak with gods and goddesses; 1 in the Soldier series. Gene Wolfe, Soldier of Arete , about a Spartan mercenary who, after a head injury, loses his short-term memory and gains the ability to speak with gods and goddesses; 2 in the Soldier series.
Gene Wolfe, Soldier of Sidon , about a Spartan mercenary who, after a head injury, loses his short-term memory and gains the ability to speak with gods and goddesses; 3 in the Soldier series. Anna Apostolou, A Murder in Macedon , a fictional attempt to solve the mystery of who murdered Philip of Macedon, the father of Alexander the Great; Anna Apostolou is a pen name of Paul Doherty; 1 in a mystery series. Gary Corby, The Pericles Commission , a humorous mystery about a sculptor's son in ancient Athens who impresses the up-and-coming politician Pericles with his deductions after a man is murdered, and is asked to solve the crime; 1 in the Athenian Mysteries series.
Gary Corby, The Ionia Sanction , a humorous mystery about a sculptor's son who encounters numerous potentially deadly dilemmas while investigating the death of an Athenian official; 2 in the Athenian Mysteries series. Gary Corby, Sacred Games , about a sculptor's son whose best friend is accused of murdering his rival in the Olympic Games; 3 in the Athenian Mysteries series. Gary Corby, The Marathon Conspiracy , about an Athenian private agent whom Pericles assigns to find out why a student who discovered the skull of an Athenian tyrant has been murdered; 4 in the Athenian Mystery series.
Gary Corby, Death Ex Machina , about an Athenian private agent who, assisted by the priestess who is now his wife, investigates why a ghost appears to be haunting the grand theater in Athens; 5 in the Athenian Mystery series. Gary Corby, The Singer from Memphis , about an Athenian private agent who goes undercover on a trip to Egypt with Herodotus, in order to help Egyptians rebelling against Persian rule; 6 in the Athenian Mystery series.
Paul Doherty, The Godless Man , a mystery featuring Alexander the Great's personal physician investigating a series of murders during Alexander's Persian campaign; 2 in the Telamon Trilogy. Paul Doherty, The Gates of Hell , a mystery featuring Alexander the Great's personal physician investigating the death of a scribe as Alexander prepares to invade Halicarnassus; 3 in the Telamon Trilogy. Margaret Doody, Aristotle Detective , about a former student of Aristotle who enlists the philosopher's help when his cousin is accused of murder; 1 in the Aristotle Detective mystery series.
Review at Kirkus. Margaret Doody, Aristotle and Poetic Justice , about a young man who teams up with the philosopher Aristotle to investigate the abduction of a silver merchant's heiress; 2 in the Aristotle Detective mystery series. Margaret Doody, Aristotle and the Secrets of Life ; also published under the title Aristotle and the Mystery of Life , about a student who travels with Aristotle to the coast of Asia Minor where they investigate a murder; 3 in the Aristotle Detective mystery series.
Margaret Doody, Poison in Athens , about a former student of Aristotle who discovers a corpse when he visits a brothel; 4 in the Aristotle Detective mystery series. Margaret Doody, Mysteries of Eleusis , about a former student of Aristotle who teams up with him to investigate a murder during a celebration of the Mysteries of Eleusis; 5 in the Aristotle Detective mystery series.
Patrick Hatten, Champion of the Dead , about the student of an Athenian boxer and his quest to find out who killed the boxer after he dies suddenly of poison during the Olympic games. Roger Hudson, Death Comes by Amphora , about an year-old boy from an Athenian colony and his elderly slave who arrive in Athens amid the deadly political struggles of B. Jose Carlos Somoza, The Athenian Murders , a story within a story as the translator of an account of a murder investigation in Plato's Athens becomes convinced that he, too, is in danger.
Marilyn Todd, Blind Eye , about a Spartan high priestess who investigates murders attributed to the legendary Cyclops.
Rome and its empire have been a popular subject of historical novels from the nineteenth century into the present. Suggesting the city's origins, legends tell of the Trojan War hero Aeneas fleeing to Italy after the fall of Troy and, more mysteriously, of the twins Romulus and Remus being suckled by a she-wolf. Archaeological evidence shows Rome was founded around the eighth century B.
According to legend, Rome was first ruled by a series of kings, most of whose names were Etruscan. Around the fifth century B. During the turmoil of the first century B. Rome began its development into an empire while it was still a republic, absorbing its Italian neighbors. Caesar's conquests in Gaul and elsewhere began an expansion by which the Empire grew to encompass most of Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East bordering the Mediterranean. The Empire's influence extended far beyond its official borders.
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Barbarian incursions, mutinies in its army, and the corruption and insanity of various emperors weakened the Empire and provide dramatic material for historical fiction. Its armies abandoned Britain in A. In the fifth century, Rome's territories were divided into an Eastern and a Western Empire. In Romulus Augustulus, the last Western Roman Emperor, was deposed by Odoacer, a Germanic warrior, marking the end of the Western Roman Empire and the beginning of the medieval period. Michael E. Emery Bekessy, Barabbas , about the criminal released in place of Jesus before the crucifixion.
Gillian Bradshaw, Cleopatra's Heir , a novel imagining what might have happened if Caesarion, Cleopatra's son by Julius Caesar, had survived the plot to assassinate him.
Gillian Bradshaw, Render Unto Caesar , about a young Greek trader who is a Roman citizen and encounters prejudice when he goes to Rome to collect debts owed to his family. Irene Brand, In This Sign Conquer , about two brothers faced with the choice between the spiritual appeal of Christianity and the power of earthly politics during the early rule of Constantine the Great. Wallace Breem, Eagle in the Snow , about a Roman general trying to hold back a barbarian invasion during the time before the fall of Rome. Wallace Breem, The Legate's Daughter , about a disgraced centurion's efforts to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a legate while Augustus is ailing and the Empire's future is in doubt.
Nick Brown, The Far Shore , about an imperial agent who travels to the edge of the Empire on the trail of an assassin who killed a Roman official on the Isle of Rhodes; 3 in the Agent of Rome series. Nick Brown, The Black Stone , about an imperial agent sent to find a rock said to channel the voices of the gods; 4 in the Agent of Rome series. Nick Brown, The Earthly Gods , about a Roman intelligence agent who, against orders, teams up with a nomadic chieftain and his band in order to rescue the enslaved daughter of an old ally; 6 in the Agent of Rome series.
Jesse Browner, The Uncertain Hour , about the last banquet of a Roman aristocrat who, having offended Emperor Nero, is planning his suicide and takes the opportunity to enjoy his friends and reflect on his career. Bryher, Roman Wall , set during the Roman period in what is now Switzerland; Bryher was the pen name of the feminist author Annie Winnifred Ellerman. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Last Days of Pompeii , a romantic story about life in Pompeii that begins in the days just before Vesuvius erupted; Bulwer-Lytton is justly famous for his purple prose.
Edgar Rice Burroughs, I Am a Barbarian , about a slave owned by the mad Emperor Caligula; written in but not published until after the author's death. Frank Castle, Nero , cover copy: "The throbbing story of the mad Caesar whose lust for flesh and blood wrought a reign of violence unequaled in history. John Henry Clay, At the Ruin of the World , about three young people in Gaul as the Roman Empire is failing who dream its greatness can be restored, while Attila the Hun prepares to attack.
Bev Cooke, Keeper of the Light , about Macrina the Elder, an Orthodox saint who lived in the fourth century and fled the Roman empire's persecution of Christians; Christian message. David J. Cord, Dead Romans , about a shepherd boy, the emperor's mistress and an aspiring writer during a time of plague in Ephesus in AD. Thomas B. Stephen Dando-Collins, The Inquest , about a Roman magistrate during the reign of Vespasian investigating the fledgling Christian movement and the rumors that a Jewish man has risen from the dead.
Peter Darman, The Parthian , about a Parthian prince enslaved in Rome who joins the rebellion of Spartacus; 1 in the Parthian Chronicles series; self-published. Peter Darman, Parthian Vengeance , about a Parthian king's adventures as he tries to hold onto his empire; 3 in the Parthian Chronicles series; self-published. Peter Darman, Carrhae , about a Parthian king trying to hold onto his empire as Rome threatens war against Parthia; 4 and last in the Parthian Chronicles series; self-published.
Lindsey Davis, Master and God , about the unlikely friendship between a Praetorian Guard and a style-setting woman who makes wigs for the Emperor Domitian, and the choices they must make as Domitian descends into madness. Mario de Carvalho, A God Strolling in the Cool of the Evening , set in the Roman empire during the late second century, about the rise of Christianity in the province that became modern Portugal.
Louis de Wohl, The Living Wood , about Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, her conversion to Christianity, and her search for the cross on which Jesus was crucified; Christian message. Louis de Wohl, Imperial Renegade , about Emperor Julian, who tried to revive paganism after the two previous emperors had made Christianity Rome's official religion. Sprague de Camp, Lest Darkness Fall , about a history professor who goes back in time and tries to prevent the fall of Rome.
Gordon Doherty, Legionary , about a soldier who fights in the Roman effort to recapture the Bosporus in A. Gordon Doherty, Born in the Borderlands , about a boy in Eastern Anatolia, at the border of the Byzantine empire, whose life is disrupted by Seljuk invaders in A. Theodora DuBois, Captive of Rome , about an Irish princess sold into slavery in Rome and captured by Goths during the sack of the city. Stella Duffy, The Purple Shroud , about Theodora in the years after she marries Justinian and becomes empress; 2 in the Theodora series.
James Duffy, Sand of the Arena , about a wealthy Roman who becomes a gladiator after a slave steals his identity following a deadly shipwreck; 1 in the Gladiators of the Empire series. James Duffy, The Fight for Rome , about a gladiator who wields power behind the scenes during the civil war following Nero's suicide; 2 in the Gladiators of the Empire series. Alfred Duggan, Three's Company , about the civil war between Caesar and Pompey, the assassination of Caesar, and the government of the triumvirs from the perspective of Lepidus, who served as triumvir with Antony and Octavian.
Helen Dunmore, Counting the Stars , about the poet Catullus and his lover Clodia during a turbulent period in ancient Rome. Robert Fabbri, Tribune of Rome , about the young Vespasian's arrival in Rome, where he hopes to find a patron and a military position but instead finds a city in turmoil during the rule of Emperor Tiberius; 1 in the Vespasian series.
Robert Fabbri, Masters of Rome , about Vespasian's efforts to free his brother from malevolent druid captors in Brittania during the reign of Emperor Claudius; 5 in the Vespasian series. Robert Fabbri, The Furies of Rome , about Vespasian during the reign of Nero, when he is sent to Londinium on the eve of a revolt; 7 in the Vespasian series.
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Howard Fast, Spartacus , about Spartacus, the gladiator who led a slave rebellion against Rome. Lion Feuchtwanger, Josephus , about the first century Jewish historian Josephus during the years when he visits Rome, then witnesses the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A. Lion Feuchtwanger, The Jew of Rome , about the first century Jewish historian Josephus after the fall of Jerusalem, as he rises to a position of status in Rome; 2 in the Josephus trilogy. Lion Feuchtwanger, Josephus and the Emperor , about the first century Jewish historian Josephus and the deterioration of his relationship with the emperor Domitian as he begins to persecute Jews; 3 in the Josephus trilogy.
Gustave Flaubert, Salammbo , about a young mercenary who falls in love with the daughter of the Carthaginian leader Hamilcar Barca. Alistair Forrest, Libertas , about a young Spaniard of the first century B. Margaret George, The Confessions of Young Nero , about Nero's efforts to survive the reign of the mad Emperor Caligula and to escape his mother's malign influence in the years before he became Emperor of Rome.
Donna Gillespie, The Light Bearer , about a Germanic woman warrior during the time of Nero who struggles to prevent Rome from conquering the German tribes. Donna Gillespie, Lady of the Light , about a Germanic woman married to a Roman man who has been secretly financing her people's resistance to Roman rule; sequel to The Light Bearer. Jo Graham, Black Ships , historical fantasy about an oracle who guides Aeneas on his journey to a new land after the fall of Troy.
Dewey Gram, Gladiator , a novelization of the film about a Roman general who becomes a gladiator in order to avenge the murder of his family. Ralph A. Graves, The Lost Eagles , about a young Roman soldier's attempt to recover the legionary eagle standards lost in the disastrous Battle of the Teutoburg Forest. George Green, Hawk , about a man who hunts animals for Roman gladiatorial contests and undertakes a dangerous mission north of the Alps in 34 A. Hella S. Robert Harris, Pompeii , a novel of ancient history, about the eruption of Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii.
Robert Harris, Imperium , about Cicero's rise to political power in ancient Rome; 1 in the Cicero trilogy. Robert Harris, Conspirata ; titled Lustrum in the U. Robert Harris, Dictator , about Cicero's return to Rome from exile after he promises to support Julius Caesar, and his struggle to regain political power; 3 in the Cicero trilogy. John Hersey, The Conspiracy , about the poet Lucan and the playwright and philosopher Seneca, investigated for subversive political activities by Emperor Nero's spies.
Thomas Holt, A Song for Nero , a thriller exploring the possibility that Nero survived beyond the date he was believed to have died. Lance Horner, Rogue Roman , about an actor who, after becoming a gladiator, is recruited to impersonate Emperor Nero. Damion Hunter, The Centurions , about the rivalry of two half-brothers in the Roman legions posted in Germania during the reign of Vespasian; Damion Hunter is a pen name of Amanda Cockrell; 1 in the Centurions series. Damion Hunter, Barbarian Princess , about the rivalry of two half-brothers in the Roman legions as one is assigned to escort a barbarian princess; Damion Hunter is a pen name of Amanda Cockrell; 2 in the Centurions series.
Damion Hunter, The Emperor's Games , the careers of two half-brothers in the Roman legions diverge as one fights pirates in Gaul and the eruption of Vesuvius looms; Damion Hunter is a pen name of Amanda Cockrell; 3 in the Centurions series. Conn Iggulden, The Death of Kings , about the dangers Caesar faced during his rise to power, including capture by Mediterranean pirates and the slave rebellion of Spartacus; 2 in the Emperor series.
Conn Iggulden, The Field of Swords , about the friendship and rivalry between Caesar and Brutus as Caesar moves toward the fateful decision to cross the Rubicon and make war in Rome; 3 in the Emperor series. Ralph Jackman, Actium's Wake , about a Roman senator who supports Octavian's bid for power, but loses his favor because of a mistake at the Battle of Actium, and struggles to regain it; 1 in a planned series.
Douglas Jackson, Caligula , about an elephant trainer and a gladiator who become involved in a plot to kill the insane Emperor Caligula. Douglas Jackson, Claudius , about Caratacus, who leads the British defense against the Roman invasion, and the keeper of the elephant Emperor Claudius brings to Britain to strike fear into its defenders. Douglas Jackson, Hero of Rome , about a Roman tribune who leads a defending band of Roman military veterans under attack by Boudica and her British rebels; 1 in the Gaius Valerius Verrens series.
Douglas Jackson, Defender of Rome , about a celebrated soldier who returns to Rome, scarred by his experiences in Britain, and is given the responsibility of capturing the leader of the new Christian sect; 2 in the Gaius Valerius Verrens series. Douglas Jackson, Enemy of Rome , about a Roman hero who must ally himself with his friend's enemies in order to save himself from execution for an act of cowardice on the battlefield he did not commit; 5 in the Gaius Valerius Verrens series.