I, Robin Levin, have recently published my first book, The Death of Carthage, an historical novel covering the second and third Punic wars between Rome and Carthage which took place during the third and second centuries B.C. and resulted in the complete destruction of the great civilization of Carthage.
I was born in Baltimore MD in 1949 but have lived in California since 1957. I have lived most of my adult live in San Francisco. I graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1971 with an A.B. degree in anthropology and Zoology. I make my living as a clinical laboratory scientist specializing in lipids. I presently work for Quest Diagnostics. I am happily divorced and have one adult daughter.
I developed a passion for ancient history at an early age. I recall that it was my favorite subject in junior high school. I owe some of this passion to the influence of my Mother who was a devoted fan of the Masterpiece Theater productions of I Claudius and Claudius the God. She was also an avid reader of Colleen McCullough's excellent series of historical fictions novels of Rome, starting with First Man in Rome an ending with The October Horse.
I was inspired to write The Death of Carthage after reading Ab Urbe Condita,
Titus Livius' history of Rome. His account of the second Punic war was so fascinating to me that it seemed to cry out for novelization. Although historical fiction has always been my favorite literary genre, I have never encountered a book that dealt with the Punic wars and I felt a strong obligation to attempt to fill this niche.