As always, Top Ten Tuesday meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: “Top Ten Books With X Setting”“ I don’t know if “ancient world” is the correct term for my list but I hope you get my point :)
I have rated all of these books (4-)5 stars.
1.The Gates of Rome by Conn Iggulden
“Men respect the silent; they despise the garrulous. – Marius”
― Conn Iggulden,
This book (and Emperor series) deserves to be called ‘the ultimate Rome story’. It’s absolutely spectacular, best historical fiction there is.
2. Wolf of the Plains (or Genghis: Birth of an Empire) by Conn Iggulden
“Courage cannot be left like bones in a bag. It must be brought out and shown the light again and again, growing stronger each time. If you think it will keep for the times you need it, you are wrong. It is like any other part of your strength. If you ignore it, the bag will be empty when you need it most.”
― Conn Iggulden,
What can I say. I absolutely adore Iggulden’s books.
3. Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin
“Without war there are no heroes.”
“What harm would that be?”
“Oh, Lavinia, what a woman’s question that is.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin,
4. Ramses: The Son of the Light
‘Ramses: The Son of Light’ is the first volume of the bestselling five-part fictional biography that recounts the thrilling story of Ramses, the legendary king who ruled Egypt for more than 60 years.
5. The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
“I, SINUHE, the son of Senmut and of his wife Kipa, write this. I do not write it to the glory
of the gods in the land of Kem, for I am weary of gods, nor to the glory of the Pharaohs, for I am weary of their deeds. I write neither from fear nor from any hope of the future but for myself alone. During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come.”-The Egyptian, Mika Waltari
6. Roman Blood by Steven Saylor
Murder mysteries set in ancient Rome… what better?
7. Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer“We sail across dominions barely seen, washed by the swells of time. We plow through fields of magnetism. Past and future come together on thunderheads and our dead hearts live with lightning in the wounds of the Gods.” -Ancient Evenings, Norman Mailer
8. Nefer the Silent by Christian Jacq
To be honest, all his books are fantastic too.
9. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel
“The difference in the brains of men and women was imposed by nature, and only cemented by culture.” ― Jean M. Auel,
10. Odyssey by Homer
“Ah how shameless – the way these mortals blame the gods. From us alone they say come all their miseries yes but they themselves with their own reckless ways compound their pains beyond their proper share.”