All Time Faves: Historical Fiction: Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome

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EGYPT

Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead
By Drake, Nick
2008-02 - Harper
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A thrilling novel set in ancient Egypt in which a savvy detective is secretly assigned to unravel the mysterious disappearance of the world's most enigmatic queen. …More

Kleopatra Kleopatra
By Essex, Karen
2002-08 - Warner Books
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Moving beyond the distorted legend of "Kleopatra" as a stereotypically devious female, Essex has penned an enthralling fictional account of her youthful ascension into politics and prominence. …More

The Memoirs of Cleopatra The Memoirs of Cleopatra
By George, Margaret
1998-05 - St. Martin's Press
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The bestselling author of "The Autobiography of Henry VIII" and "Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles" brings to life the words and glittering kingdom of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile, in a lush, sweeping, and richly detailed saga of ancient Egypt. …More

Nefertiti Nefertiti
By Moran, Michelle
2008-05 - Three Rivers Press (CA)
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Moran brings to life the dramatic story of Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, two unforgettable women living through a remarkable period in history. …More

River God River God
By Smith, Wilbur
2008-02 - St. Martin's Press
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The first three novels in Smiths "New York Times" bestselling series set in ancient Egypt are now repackaged in these easy-to-read, tall Premium Editions. Reissue. …More

GREECE

The Pericles Commission The Pericles Commission
By Corby, Gary
2013-01 - Soho Crime
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This first novel in an exciting new series takes readers to ancient Greece to follow the adventures of Nicolaos, son of a minor sculptor, as he becomes embroiled in murder and political intrigue. …More

House of Death (CL) House of Death 
By Doherty, Paul
2001-06 - Carroll & Graf Publishers
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This historical novel of mystery and intrigue unmasks the young warrior who conquered Greece and would make the world his empire. Behind the soldier and strategist is a panic-stricken man hamstrung by fears that can beset even a brilliant king and general. …More

Lavinia Lavinia
By Le Guin, Ursula K.
2009-04 - Mariner Books
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In "The Aeneid," Vergil's hero fights to claim the king's daughter, Lavinia, with whom he is destined to found an empire. Le Guin gives Lavinia a voice, in this workset in the half-wild world of ancient Italy, when Rome was merely a muddy village. …More

The Golden Mean The Golden Mean
By Lyon, Annabel
2011-09 - Vintage Books
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Keenly intelligent and brilliantly rendered, "The Golden Mean "is a bold reimagining of one of history's most intriguing relationships--that between the legendary philosopher Aristotle and his most famous pupil, Alexander the Great. Aristotle is initially reluctant to set aside his own ambitions in order to tutor the rebellious son of his boyhood friend, Philip of Macedon. …More


The Song of Achilles The Song of Achilles
By Miller, Madeline
2012-08 - Ecco Press
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A thrilling and unique retelling of the legend of Achilles: a tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart--a dazzling feat of the imagination that is sure to be one of the most unusual debuts of the season. …More

Fire from Heaven Fire from Heaven
By Renault, Mary
2002-06 - Vintage Books
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"Written with her usual vigor and imagination...Mary Renault has a great talent."-"The New York Times Book Review
Alexander's beauty, strength, and defiance were apparent from birth, but his boyhood honed those gifts into the makings of a king. His mother, Olympias, and his father, King Philip of Macedon, fought each other for their son's loyalty, teaching Alexander politics and vengeance from the cradle. His love for the youth Hephaistion taught him trust, while Aristotle's tutoring provoked his mind and Homer's "Iliad fueled his aspirations. …More

ROME

Master and God Master and God
By Davis, Lindsey
2013-05 - St. Martin's Griffin
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From "New York Times"-bestselling novelist Davis comes an epic novel of first-century Rome and the Emperor Domitian, told from the perspective of two courtiers and unlikely friends who together are the witnesses to history. …More

Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire
By Downie, Ruth
2008-03 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. When he rescues an injured slave girl, she drags trouble in her wake. …More

I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54 I, Claudius: From the Autobiography of Tiberius Claudius, Born 10 B.C., Murdered and Deified A.D. 54
By Graves, Robert
1989-10 - Vintage Books USA
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Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. A masterpiece. …More

Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome
By Harris, Robert
2007-08 - Pocket Books
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From the bestselling author of "Fatherland" and "Pompeii" comes the compelling first novel in a trilogy about the great orator Cicero and his struggle for power in ancient Rome. …More

Spartacus: The Gladiator Spartacus: The Gladiator
By Kane, Ben
2013-02 - St. Martin's Griffin
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Bestselling historical novelist Kane returns to the source material and presents a lively and compelling new vision of the man who was Spartacus--Roman army auxillary, slave, gladiator and ultimately the leader of an army of slaves who nearly brought Rome to its knees. …More

Antony and Cleopatra Antony and Cleopatra
By McCullough, Colleen
2008-12 - Simon & Schuster
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In this breathtaking follow-up to "The October Horse," McCullough turns her attention to the legendary romance of Antony and Cleopatra. The grandeur of ancient Rome comes to life as a timeless human drama plays out against the dramatic backdrop of the Republic's final days. …More

Empress of the Seven Hills Empress of the Seven Hills
By Quinn, Kate
2012-04 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425242025 Check our catalog

From the national bestselling author of "Daughters of Rome" and "Mistress of Rome" comes a tale of love, power, and intrigue spanning the wilds of the Empire to the seven hills of Rome. …More

Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome
By Saylor, Steven
2008-03 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312377625 Check our catalog

Spanning a thousand years, and following the shifting fortunes of two families though the ages, this is the epic saga of Rome, the city, and its people. …More