Favorite Historical Fiction (when the world was lit by fire)

A Listmania! list by Allen G. Bagby "Writer" (Texas)
The list author says: "I've read lots of historcial fiction based on the times before gun powder. These are SOME of my favorites."
Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy, Book 1)
1.  Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow (Troy Trilogy, Book 1) by David Gemmell
The list author says:
  "I read the trilogy. I smile when I think of these books. Gemmell blew me away. I've begun reading all his books. It’s how I want to write. He puts a new twist on the Troy story; he makes it better in my opinion. This should have been the movie Troy, not the one with Brad Pitt. If they'd picked this trilogy and done well, the movies would’ve been as compelling as the Lord of the Rings trilogy."
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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
2.  Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield
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  "300 spartans (perhaps the greatest warriors in history), a few others, faced the Persian horde, vastly outnumbered in a tiny pass called Thermopylae. One of the greatest and most heroic deeds in history. Pressfield does a wonderful job here and I wished with all my heart this would have been the movie 300 instead of the graphic novel my Miller."
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The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece
3.  The Ten Thousand: A Novel of Ancient Greece by Michael Curtis Ford
The list author says:
  "Xenophon's Ten Thousand fighting their way back to Greece after betryal in a distant land. This is not the stuff of legend, this IS what legends hope to be. The eternal spirit of courage in the face of impossible odds. A soldier's love for a mysterious and dangerous woman. Heart wrenching and beautiful. High adventure. Blew me away."
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Gods and Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire
4.  Gods and Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Michael Curtis Ford
The list author says:
  "Julian was a sheltered scholar and pacifist living in peace. An historic rise to power exposed his ruthless nature. His fall became a mystery for the ages. The story is told in the first person by his physician, who played a pivotal role in the final chapter of Julian's life."
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Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar
5.  Emperor: The Gates of Rome: A Novel of Julius Caesar by Conn Iggulden
The list author says:
  "The first book I read by Iggulden and the first fictional book I read about Julius Caesar, the most famous of roman emperors. Great adventure and fun. He changes things around a bit in Caesar's life, so it's not 100% accurate. Lots of good stuff here."
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The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy
6.  The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy by Michael Curtis Ford
The list author says:
  "Mithridates the Great gave Rome fits. This is a first person account told by one of his sons. The man was ferocious and brilliant and the last king of Pontus, the area south of the Black Sea. He fought the romans for over forty years! A military genius who embarrassed them many times."
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The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome
7.  The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome by Michael Curtis Ford
The list author says:
  "Yet another threat to Rome. Attila's goal was to end the roman empire. He went straight the heart. General Flavius Aetius is called to face the horde. Attila was his childhood friend. Battles and drama ensue."
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The Death of Kings (Emperor, Book 2)
8.  The Death of Kings (Emperor, Book 2) by Conn Iggulden
The list author says:
  "The second book in Conn Iggulden's Caesar series. This is better than the first book. I enjoyed it greatly."
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Emperor: The Field of Swords: A Novel of Julius Caesar
9.  Emperor: The Field of Swords: A Novel of Julius Caesar by Conn Iggulden
The list author says:
  "Caesar is beginning to crave more and more power. This one was my favorite of the series."
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