Snake Charming, Serpent Symbolism & Slithery Politics in the Ancient World

January 10, 2012
Snake Charming, Serpent Symbolism & Slithery Politics in the Ancient World

 

The heroine of my novels, Cleopatra Selene, is the daughter of the much more famous Cleopatra VII of Egypt, the notorious Queen of the Nile who is best known for having committed suicide by way of clutching a venomous Continue reading

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When the Isle of Samos was the Center of the World

January 5, 2012

If it’s good to be the king, it’s even better to be the emperor. At least in ancient Rome. Unless your guards are waiting for you with daggers, or an angry wife feeds you poisoned mushrooms, you get to be Continue reading

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On Historical Accuracy (And Whether It Matters)

October 11, 2011

These days, the quickest way to start an internet pie fight is to bring up the subject of historical accuracy in fiction. The discussion almost inevitably breaks down into arguments about personal preference that masquerade as objective tenets of literary Continue reading

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Cleopatra Confesses, by Carolyn Meyer

August 15, 2011

Most novels about Cleopatra focus on the tumultuous events of her adult life–the love affairs, the heart-break, the warfare, and ultimately, her tragic failure. This new novel by historical fiction author Carolyn Meyer zeroes in on Cleopatra’s early life, the Continue reading

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