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    Posted: 28-Jan-2007 at 19:55
Place your recomendations for books set in Ancient Rome,Greece,Eygypt Here. 
 
Edit: Ok we got a list going- I will update this post every so often:
 
 
 Historical Fiction: setting Ancient  
 
Imperium - By Robert Harris
The Last of the Wine -  Mary Renault
I, Claudius and Claudius the God - by Robert Graves
Falco-detectives by Lindsey Davis
'Pride of Carthage', by David Anthony Durham
Simon Scarrow's Eagle series
Donald Kagan-The Peloponnesian War
Simon Hornblower-The Greek World,479-323 B.C.
Tyrant -Valerio Massimo Manfredi
''The gates of fire''- Pressfield
''Tides of war''-Pressfield
The sub rosa series by Steven Saylor- mysteries set during late Republic Rome
First Man in Rome series - Collen McCullough
Gods and Legions - by Michael Curtus Ford
Eagle in the Snow-Wallace Breem's
Pompeii by Robert Harris
River God and Warlock( Both set in Egypt) by Wilbur Smith
Atlantis, by Mr. Gibbons
Twelfth Trasnsforming- Paline Gedge
House of Dreams- Pauline Gedge 
Lord of Two Lands - Judith Tarr



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  Quote kilroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28-Jan-2007 at 21:40
I'll get the ball rolling,

Imperium - By Robert Harris

The Last of the Wine -  Mary Renault

I, Claudius and Claudius the God - by Robert Graves

Good stuff right there!
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  Quote Aelfgifu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Jan-2007 at 05:49
I really like the Falco-detectives by Lindsey Davis. Set in the reign of Vespasianus.

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  Quote Knights Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Jan-2007 at 05:55
I loved 'Pride of Carthage', by David Anthony Durham. No prizes for guessing who it's about. 
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  Quote SearchAndDestroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Jan-2007 at 11:41
Simon Scarrow's Eagle series, really the only books I can read through and can't put down. No other book keeps me stuck to them as these.
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  Quote Spartakus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29-Jan-2007 at 17:24
Donald Kagan-The Peloponnesian War
Simon Hornblower-The Greek World,479-323 B.C.
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  Quote Frederick Roger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 05:18
Three words: Valerio Massimo Manfredi
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  Quote Aelfgifu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 08:03
I tried Manfredi a couple of times, but his style doesn't do it for me somehow...

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  Quote Giannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 08:30

I'm a big fan of Manfredi also, I suggest the ''Tyrant'' for the beginners.

I also like Pressfield,  especially, ''The gates of fire'' and ''Tides of war''.
 
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 15:08
to add to the list:
 
The sub rosa series by Steven Saylor- mysteries set during late Republic Rome
 
First Man in Rome series - Collen McCullough
 
 
Gods and Legions - by Michael Curtus Ford
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  Quote kilroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30-Jan-2007 at 17:01
For the late Roman Empire, you might want to try Wallace Breem's Eagle in the Snow.  
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  Quote QueenCleopatra Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Feb-2007 at 12:13
Pompeii by Robert Harris
 
River God and Warlock( Both set in Egypt) by Wilbur Smith
 
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Atlantis, by Mr. Gibbons.
     
   
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  Quote Dawn Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Feb-2007 at 18:52
 Edited first post for easy reference
Keep adding your favs.


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  Quote kilroy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-Mar-2007 at 21:24
Roma - By Steven Saylor
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  Quote Giannis Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Apr-2007 at 11:23
''The Afghan Campaign'' by Steven Pressfield.
 
It's the story of the least most famous (in my opinion) Alexander's campaign, against the rebel Afghan kingdoms of the falling Persian Empire.
 
What I liked about this book, is that is not following the perspective of a general, or a politician or even Alexander's. It is about the story of a soldier, and the problems that the footsoldiers and cavalry men had, in the harsh environment of modern day Iraq and Afghanistan, against an enemy that :
 
Here the foe does not meet us in pitched battle, as other armies we have dueled in the past..Even when we defeat him, he will not accept our dominion. He comes back again and again. He hates us with a passion whose depth is exceeded only by his patience and his capacity for suffering.
 
I think that Pressfield, in his latest novel, tries to make a comparison between the ancient era (Alexanders army in Afghanistan)  and  the modern era (US and NATO soldiers, in Afghanistan and Iraq), sometimes he succeds, some times he fails.


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Mary Renault's The King Must Die, The Bull from the SeaThe Persian Boy, etc. 
 
Gore Vidal's Julian and Creation.
 
Naomi Michison's Corn King and Spring Queen.
 
Not so brilliant, but readable: Paul Doherty's Amerotke series, in ancient Egypt.
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  Quote Justinian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26-Jun-2007 at 00:27
The Last King and The Ten Thousand by Michael Ford Curtis were entertaining.
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Henry Treece did a few, "Electra" for instance. Rosemary Sutcliff did loads more like, "Sun Horse, Moon Horse", "Song For A Dark Queen", "Warrior Scarlett" and the "Three Legions" series. Conn Iggulden wrote a series on Caesar.
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  Quote Justinian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Sep-2007 at 23:09
Finished reading The Sword of Attila and Gods and Legions both by Michael Ford Curtis.  Also finished Funeral Games by Mary Renault.  All three were quite good.  I would definitely recommend them to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.
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