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Initial post: 5 May 2013 15:24:09 BDT
Sulis says:
I have read the Mary Renault books and The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller and loved them all. Does anybody have any more suggestions for fiction set in ancient Greece?


Posted on 5 May 2013 21:52:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 May 2013 21:53:48 BDT
gille liath says:
I think Robert Graves' The Golden Fleece is brilliant. Not exactly historical, in as much as he uses his imagination to cover a lot of the gaps - but a great story, and the world he creates is very convincing.

Posted on 5 May 2013 22:08:36 BDT
a v says:
Try the Long War and Killer of Men series by Christian Cameron. Also the books of Steven Pressfield, Very good. If you like historical detective fiction try Gary Corby or Margaret Doody,

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 20:00:30 BDT
LEP says:
Try these:
Gates of Fire = Steven Pressfield
The Laughter of Aphrodite - Peter Green
The Wandering King Book 1 - Steven Bradford Marte
The Spartan - Mike Rogers

Posted on 6 May 2013 20:12:43 BDT
Also worth looking at The Walled Orchard and Olympiad. Oh, and Alexander At The World's End.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 20:26:55 BDT
LEP says:
Was The Song of Achilles good? I've read and loved all of Mary Renault's books long ago when I was in my teens.

Here's some more:
The Dancer from Altantis - Poul Anderson
The Firebrand - Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Sand-Reckoner - Gillian Bradshaw
Achilles - Elizabeth Cook
A Victor of Salamis - William Stearns Davis
L Sprague de Camp: An Elephant for Aristole; The Bronze God of Rhodes; The Dragon of Ishtar Gate; The Arrows of Hercules; The Golden Wind
Oracle - Jackie French
Plus many more from

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2013 20:32:35 BDT
Martyn says:
I recall a book I read many years ago called "Burning Sappho", but cannot remember the author. It was about the poet Sappho & her life before and after her exile, and the oppression of women in ancient Greek society.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2013 21:02:08 BDT
Is it this one: Burning Sappho?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2013 13:30:50 BDT
K. Jones says:
Hello, a few books ive read, Jon edward martin, Scott oden and David gemmel "Troy series" this last one is slight sci-fi but its done in such a way that it is passed off as the way the greeks believed in the gods ect. Hope this gives you some nice reading.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2013 06:46:50 BDT
Selene says:
You might like to check out the listing for Ancient Greece at the Historical Novels Info website for some ideas

Posted on 11 Jun 2013 14:38:16 BDT
Bibliophile says:
Frank Yerby's Goat Song is old but quite good

Posted on 11 Jun 2013 16:04:38 BDT
B. R. Smith says:
Try THE ALEXANDER CHRONICLES Books (A Wind From The West & Son of Ammon).

Posted on 5 Aug 2013 15:22:46 BDT
Try Luck Bringer first of a new series starting with the battle of Marathon

Posted on 7 Aug 2013 15:17:37 BDT
K. Jones says:
Hello, jon edward martin's books are very good.
Nicholas nicastro - isle of stone.
steven pressfield, there are two or three set in greece.
david gemmel, troy trilogy, slight fantasy but done so well it ties in with the beliefs of the greeks at the time so you hardly notice.

Posted on 7 Aug 2013 19:44:19 BDT
It occurs to me that you could try Men of Bronze and Memnon, too.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2013 00:42:14 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Aug 2013 00:43:38 BDT
Selene says:
I'd also suggest Kerry Greenwood's recently reissued Medea - a vivid and evocative feminist perspective on the Jason and Medea legend. "Medea" is one of a trilogy titled "The Delphic Women" and the other two are scheduled for reissue as well, though IMO "Medea" is by far the best of the three.

Posted on 15 Aug 2013 16:38:42 BDT
Ben Kane says:
Echoing the thoughts of others, I'd recommend Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire, and I would highly recommend Christian Cameron's books, the first of which is Tyrant. Historical fiction doesn't get better than this, and I've read a few.

Posted on 3 Feb 2014 12:35:00 GMT
C. J. Taylor says:
Anything by Valerio Massimo Manfredi. Brilliant
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