Katharine Beutner, Alcestis (2010), a literary novel based on the myth of Alcestis, who agreed to die in place of her husband.
The strange tale of the Minotaur, half-man, half-bull, seemed mere fantasy until the the bull-dancers painted on the walls of the Palace at Knossos suggested the vein of truth behind the legend. D., who had access to sources now lost, provide the historical basis for a variety of superb novels.
History came into being with accounts like those of the Greek historians Herodotus, Thucydides and Xenophon, who wrote about the war with Persia and Peloponnesian War between Sparta and Athens in the fifth century B. Their accounts, laced with vivid anecdotes about Persian and Greek leaders, have inspired many historical novels. The 36 Best Historical Novels for a Survey of Ancient Greek History, selected by David Maclaine Jump to Mystery Novels Click on the title for more information from Powell's Books or another online source, or if you're outside the U. Brian Aldiss, Jocasta (2014), a retelling of the Oedipus story from the perspective of his mother.
Alexander the Great, the fourth century Macedonian warrior-king who conquered most of the world known to the Greeks of his day, is still recalled in the Middle East and beyond with tales praising him as an ancestor or reviling him as a devil. Gertrude Atherton, The Immortal Marriage (1927), about Aspasia and her relationship with Pericles in ancient Athens.
Gertrude Atherton, The Jealous Gods (1928), about Alcibiades of Athens.
Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad (2005), a literary novel about the experiences of Odysseus' wife, Penelope, while he was away fighting the Trojan War and voyaging home.
Alessandro Baricco, An Iliad (2004), a retelling of the Iliad which focuses on the human characters and leaves out the appearances of the gods and goddesses.Henry Bauchau, Oedipus on the Road (1990 in the original French; first English edition 1997), about Oedipus during his years of wandering, the period Sophocles left out of his plays.For news on the latest reviews, author interviews and additions to this site, see the blog.Novels of ancient history for young people are listed on the YA Ancient History page.Jump to: Ancient Greece Ancient Rome (includes the Etruscans and ancient Carthage) Roman Britain Ancient Ireland Arthurian Britain Ancient Egypt Biblical Times and Ancient Middle East The history of Ancient Greece stretches into prehistory, as myths and legends hint at what may have happened before the time of written history.After Hermann Schliemann unearthed magnificent gold artifacts in the 1870s at the Turkish site that he believed to be the location of ancient Troy, based on evidence in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, scholars gained new respect for the value of Homer's grasp of history.