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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.


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.


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"

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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.

Shauna Roberts

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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