Should you be looking for an end of the year holiday gift or some reading for yourself for vacation, here are two of my favorite ancient/classical history books read and reviewed this year; one for each category, fiction and non-fiction:
- Caesars' Wives : Sex, Power, and Politics in the Roman Empire, by Annelise Freisenbruch
Frisenbruch's jaunt through 5 centuries of imperial women focuses on women worth getting to know, although she's so thorough she seems to touch on every known wife and some mistresses, as well as daughters.
- Niobe and Amphion - The Road to Thebes and Niobe and Chloris - Arrows of Artemis, by Victoria Grossack and Alice Underwood
This series sticks in my mind. I read the first volume a few years ago. Now with the trilogy complete, you can see the connectedness of figures in Greek legends and a more nuanced understanding of principle characters in the founding myths.