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Review Gillian Bradshaw, The Sun's Bride (2008), about the helmsman of a third-century Rhodian ship whose mission is to hunt and destroy pirates. Bryher, Gate to the Sea (1958), about a priestess in a community of enslaved Greeks in Poseidonia and her efforts to help her people escape; Bryher was the name adopted by author Annie Winnifred Ellerman. Review Moyra Caldecott, The Lily and the Bull (1979), about life in ancient Crete; self-published.
Review Grant Buday, Dragonflies (2008), about Odysseus and his scheme to end the Trojan War with a Greek victory by building a gigantic, hollow, wooden horse. Taylor Caldwell, Glory and the Lightning (1974), about the courtesan Aspasia and Pericles of Athens.
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.