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Ancient Mesopotamia/Sumer

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Ancient Mesopotamia/Sumer

Postby Samantha_kathy » Thu August 28th, 2008, 8:51 pm

I'm looking for historical fiction about ancient Mesopotamia and ancient Sumer. I know about Sam Barone's Eskkar Saga, and of course Gilgamesh the King. Do any of you know of any other books?

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Postby michellemoran » Thu August 28th, 2008, 11:02 pm

Have you tried Brad Geagley's Egyptian mystery series? His second novel in the series, Day of the False King, is set in Babylon.
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Postby Ariadne » Thu August 28th, 2008, 11:58 pm

Juanita Coulson's Dark Priestess is another. It's about 30 years old. The cover makes it look like a romance, but it really isn't.

Also Justin Allen's Slaves of the Shinar, which came out last year.

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Postby annis » Fri August 29th, 2008, 7:50 am

Nicholas Guild's novel "The Assyrian" is a good read. There is a sequel "Blood Star", equally good, but for some reason very expensive to buy second-hand (both books are OP). Thank goodness for the inter-library loan system!

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Postby Margaret » Sat August 30th, 2008, 12:08 am

Marek Halter has written several novels about Old Testament women. Sarah is the only one I have read (see review at http://www.HistoricalNovels.info/Sarah.html), but it was wonderfully atmospheric and was a "real" historical novel without the pious Bible story atmosphere of some novels that use this setting.
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Postby diamondlil » Sat August 30th, 2008, 4:36 am

I've read all three of those. The first one was good, the other two were pretty average though.

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Postby annis » Tue October 28th, 2008, 6:54 am

I recently came across these two, so thought I'd add them to the list. I haven't read them myself, I don't know if anyone else has?

Elisabeth Roberts Craft

"In the Court of the Queen: a novel of Messopotamia"

"The Ambassador's Daughter: a novel of Ancient Mesopotamia"

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=elisabeth+roberts+craft&x=0&y=0
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Postby annis » Wed November 26th, 2008, 2:57 am

A novel by an author i've just been reminded of
Amin Maalouf "Gardens of Light".
Set in Mesopotamia, 3rd century AD, it's the story of Mani, founder of Mancheanism, a religious system known as the "Gospel of Light".

<Mani is born into a time of war — 3rd-century Mesopotamia. Despite being the son of a warrior, he becomes a painter, physician, mystic and prophet, preaching in the battlefields, a doctrine of humility, tolerance and love that becomes known as "Manicheanism".>

Manicheanism influenced Christianity at several points in time and one charge levelled against the Cathars during the Albigensian crusade was that they practised Manicheanism.
http://www.cathar.info/120401_manichaeans.htm

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forthcoming novel set in ancient Sumer

Postby Shauna Roberts » Sat March 21st, 2009, 12:30 am

I have a novel about Sumer in the time of Gilgamesh coming out in late 2009 or early 2010 from Hadley Rille Books, http://www.hadleyrillebooks.com/. Like Mayflies in a Stream is one of a new series of archaeology-related novels from Hadley Rille Books. Like Mayflies in a Stream is the story of a priestess of Inanna who tries to save the great city of Uruk from the overbearing rule of the arrogant king Gilgamesh.


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