Historical-fictional novel of ancient life
December 20, 2011 6:36 PM Subscribe
I am looking for a historical-fictional novel of either pre-Roman classical antiquity (Crete, Thebes, Sparta, Athens, etc.), the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest), Sumer, or Ancient Egypt. [Details inside!]
posted by SollosQ to Writing & Language (16 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
Ideally what I have in mind is a novel similar to Mary Renault's The Last of the Wine. There were two aspects to this novel that I valued and am seeking in some degree to find in other works.
(1) It was a, somewhat, historical-fictional look at life of an Athenian.
(2) Its portrayal, for whatever its historical accuracy, of a pederastic/same-sex union relationship.
Ideally, I'd like to see the same treatment of a historical-fictional account of a male-male relationship done for Crete, Thebes, Sparta, or anywhere else, including Athens, again.
That being said, I am also interested in more general historical-fictional accounts (which of course don't have to feature such a male-male relationship) for pre-Roman classical antiquity, Sumer, Ancient Egypt, and the Celtic people (either before or during Roman conquest).