I Discuss Cleopatra Selene with Chick History

June 21, 2011

This isn’t your typical promo interview. This is an NPR-style in-depth discussion of the life of Cleopatra Selene and Juba. Other than my hideous mispronunciations and my niggling fear that I wasn’t quite precise enough in some of my Continue reading

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Excerpt from Song of the Nile

June 15, 2011

THE WEDDING

They were all waiting for me. At the edges of the vast peristyle garden, guests found their seats beneath the columned porticos. In the torchlight, the emperor’s family gathered—the Julii and all their numerous friends and clients. Sitting Continue reading

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Entertainment in the Court of Juba II & Cleopatra Selene

June 13, 2011

Cross-posted from: Unusual Historicals Blog

Entertainment in the ancient world relied upon trained performers. Such training didn’t come cheap, so royal patronage was highly sought after by would-be entertainers. The most prestigious patronage to secure in the Augustan Age was, Continue reading

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Why Regency England Enthusiasts Should Love Augustan Age Rome

April 4, 2011

It may come as a surprise to most people, but the dominant historical setting in commercial fiction isn’t Tudor England. It’s Regency England–the godzilla of the romantic fiction world. I’d like to point out a surprising number of similarities between Continue reading

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