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. Kerry Greenwood, Cassandra , about the prophetess who predicted the fall of Troy and was not believed; 1 in the Delphic Women trilogy. 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. The Romans were never able to conquer the Picts in what is now Scotland. The omnivorous reader is curious, and willing to try something new — in fact already prepared to be amazed or transported.
With Both Hands
It is, despite its grim undertone, accidentally inspiring. Haley Elizabeth Garwood, Ashes of Britannia , a novel based on the life of Boudica here spelled Boadicea , the Celtic queen who led a rebellion against Rome; self-published. Enemy of Rome , about a Carthaginian boy sold into slavery in Rome who makes friends with his owner's son, but is destined to face him on the battlefield, as the young Carthaginian general Hannibal prepares to make war on Rome; 1 in the Hannibal series. Hornblower discovers a Bonaparte that history never knew, and learns the truth about the man who would be Emperor of the world. Gillian Bradshaw, In Winter's Shadow , based on the earlier Celtic legends about Queen Guinevere given her Celtic name Gwynhwyfar in this novel and the fall of Arthur's kingdom; historical fantasy within a mostly realistic historical setting; 3 in the Down the Long Wind trilogy.
Valentine was a physician who fell in love with a blind woman in ancient 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. Like many other authors I have written a series, at the suggestion of my publisher. Katharine Beutner, Alcestis , a literary novel based on the myth of Alcestis, who agreed to die in place of her husband. Le Guin, Lavinia , about the Italian woman who, according to legend, married Aeneas after the Trojan War and helped him found the city of Rome. Steven Saylor, Catilina's Riddle , about a Roman citizen reluctantly drawn back into the city's intrigues when Cicero asks him to find out more about Cicero's rival Catilina; 3 in the Roma Sub Rosa mystery series. Review at Reading the Past.
Rose, The Reincarnationist , about a man who suddenly, after a terrorist bombing in Rome, begins vividly recalling past lives in Rome in A. A Journey to the Interior , about a slave girl seeking freedom during the Peloponnesian War. Angela Render, Forged by Lightning: Greek navigator who attempts a sea voyage from Egypt to India by sailing around the coast of Africa. Kathleen Robinson, Heaven's Only Daughter , historical romance about a Roman princess and a Gothic king during the fifth-century fall of Rome.