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Initial post: 10 Jan 2011, 15:34:46 GMT
N. Reed says:
can anyone recommend a good historical fiction book set in Ancient Rome or Greece , preferrably involving slavery, that is suitable for aged 13- 14 year olds?

Posted on 10 Jan 2011, 16:25:57 GMT
Fee fee says:
Frances Hendry has a series of books about a teenage female gladiatrix..they're very good and maybe just what you're looking for.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jan 2011, 19:21:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 26 Jan 2011, 19:33:17 GMT
LEP says:
Mary Renault, considered to be the best/definitive writer of books based on the Greek myths. The King Must Die, The Bull from the sea etc.

Rosemary Sutcliffe - Black Ships before Troy; The Eagle of the Ninth (a series) etc.

Posted on 3 Feb 2011, 18:43:30 GMT
Rosemary Sutcliff's 'Outcast' actually involves a young British boy who is taken to ancient Rome as a slave, lots of slave characters/life as a slave in a Roman household and a spell as a galley-slave on a Roman ship too. It's an excellent book and 13 is about the right age to enjoy it for the first time.

Posted on 14 Feb 2011, 15:42:07 GMT
I read David Gemmell's Greek series when I was about 13/14 - Try Lion of Macedon (1990); Dark Prince (1991).

Posted on 15 Feb 2011, 22:02:09 GMT
Temeraire says:
Anything by Rosemary Sutcliff is amazing... Or the Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence, which are about four children, one of whom is a slave, who solve mysteries. They're good as well, and they incorporate real events and real people as well, like Pliny and Vesuvius and all.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Feb 2011, 22:32:35 GMT
LEP says:
Just as a matter of interest, R Sutcliffe's Eagle of the Ninth is being made into a film entitled "Eagle".

Posted on 23 Feb 2011, 13:10:20 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Feb 2011, 13:13:09 GMT
Ben Kane says:
@Murphii: I agree that Caroline Lawrence's books are absolutely excellent, but are they not aimed at younger readers than the 13-14 year olds mentioned? (Says me, who reads them too :-) )

@LEP: the film has been released in the USA, and there are only a few weeks to go until it comes out here in the UK! My excitement has recently been tempered, however, by the slew of bad reviews that the film is receiving. Hopefully, they'll all be proved wrong, and a legion of new fans will be persuaded to read the original, and excellent book.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2011, 22:58:14 BST
LEP says:
Unfortunately, Ben K, I've read reviews that have absolutely slated it. What a disappointment!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 May 2011, 09:01:12 BST
Ben Kane says:
@LEP: slated the film? Well, it was disappointing in parts, particularly in its depiction of the "Seal People", but parts of it were excellent. The first half in all was great. It's well worth watching - to me, unless a Roman film absolutely bombs it (e.g. The Last Legion), then I want to see it regardless. There are so few opportunities to see Rome on the big screen otherwise.

Posted on 8 May 2011, 11:28:18 BST
G. Doherty says:

Legionary is a tale of a Roman slave's rise to prominence in the late Roman legions

It's set in 376 AD, just prior to the Battle of Adrianople, and Rome is really shaking, with the massive swell of Goths, Huns and Persians on her borders all equal to her once mighty legions.

It's got some sparing, mild profanity in it, but I wouldn't have any qualms about letting a 13 year old read it.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 May 2011, 07:53:41 BST
Selene says:
Simon Scarrow has recently written a book for the young adult market which might fit the bill. Gladiator: Fight for Freedom is about a young boy who becomes a slave after hard times hit his family and debts can't be repaid.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2011, 22:10:18 BST
Last edited by the author on 23 Oct 2011, 22:12:50 BST
Priestess of the Aegean--KINDLE E-Book One--FORTUNA'S MAGIC by Katarina Soul. Set in 500BC during the Persian Wars, filled
with magic, romance, a crazy dog, & the Greek pantheon. It portrays ancient historical facts as democracy is threatened with annhilation by Persians and Sparta. Fortuna is on her way to ask the Oracle of Delphi her coming-of-age-19 question, but first she must escape slavery in the poisonous malachite mine, and learn the true meaning of freedom. Very entertaining!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Oct 2011, 20:05:40 BST
Apparently this is rather good, although I haven't read it myself.

I am a fan of Scarrow's adult-oriented books and nearly bought "Gladiator" thinking it was the latest in that series. I realised my mistake just in time, but now I feel I ought to read it - not least because my nephew is crying out for books set in the Ancient World and I've just recommended it to my sister to buy for him!

I also believe that Scarrow's second in this YA series is already, or about to be published.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Nov 2011, 00:56:52 GMT
Selene says:
Yes, Bk 2, Gladiator: Street Fighter, is due out early next year. It is a bit confusing because there is also a book called "The Gladiator" which is part of Scarrow's "Cato & Macro" series. The YA "Gladiator" books are clearly written with a younger readership in mind, and I think most boys would really enjoy them.

Posted on 11 Apr 2013, 21:19:59 BST
sixsmith16 says:
Adele Geras has written plenty of historical teen fiction. I'd recommend starting with DidoDido but Troy is also fab.
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