I see Egypt has a discussion thread, but don't see one for Greece and Rome. Is there one? There is now. Please read and contribute!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the works of Michael Curtis Ford and Steven Pressfield, and hope they continue to share their views of ancient times with us. Each have published five novels so far dealing with Greece and Rome, each unique, and of course, some like certain books better than others, depending on which particular area they have an interest in.
I found Conn Iggulden to be an easy and fast read and really enjoyed his work, but I am one of the ones who cannot get past all of the changes made to the real history.
Besides Ford, Pressfield and Iggulden, other novels set in Ancient Greece or Rome that I've enjoyed are:
Robert Graves, the master. Loved "I, Claudius" and got through "Claudius the God" alright. "King Jesus" was tough to plow through, not because of the writing style, but because of the wealth of information given regarding ancient Jewish practices I know nothing about. And I hope "Count Belisarius" will get republished in the US as it is in the UK by Penguin. His GOLDEN translation was a blast!
POMPEII - Robert Harris
IMPERIUM - Robert Harris (the first of a trilogy)
DRUIDS by Morgan Llywelyn and THE DRUID KING by Norman Spinrod (Caesar's invasion of Gaul, their perspective)
MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN - Marguerite Yourcenar (Does jump overboard with Hadrian's love for Antinous - no pun intended- but a wonderful read.... Some of you will get that.)
LEGION by William Altimari and CENTURION by Peter Mitsopoulos are both self-published but quite enjoyable.
IMPERIAL GOVERNOR by George Shipway was fantastic; Boudicca's rebellion as told by Aulus Plautius.
AUGUSTUS by John Williams - absolutely gorgeous, but Julia steals the show.
Wallace Breem's EAGLE IN THE SNOW and THE LEGATE'S DAUGHTER. Eagle was definitely the better of the two.
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