Steeped in Greek mythology and Homeric tradition, MJ Pankey’s debut novel “Epic of Helinthia” immerses readers in the tale of a group of heroes who battle treachery and divine machinations as they seek to overthrow a tyrant. This story fits seamlessly into the corpus of Greek mythology with conniving gods and goddesses, hubris aplenty, and heroes whose courageous appearances belie secrets galore.
2023 has been an excellent year for reading! I’ve narrowed down some of my top choices including works by new and independent authors such as Margaret Kasimatis, Yvonne Korshak, Vera Bell, and Kiersten Marcil. I’ve also included historical fiction and non-fiction works by established authors on topics such as Greek mythology, Anglo-Saxon England, and Renaissance Italy. Enjoy!
Yvonne Korshak creates a remarkable look into the golden past of Athens in her novel “Pericles and Aspasia”. Breathtaking in execution, exquisite in detail, realistic in interpretation, Pericles and Aspasia tells the story of the statesman and general Pericles and his lover Aspasia, a hetaira and the daughter of a philosopher. Their love story will change history.
The Arles Amphitheatre in France is an excellent example of how cultures repurpose ancient ruins for living, defense, and more. Learn a little more about the history of this fascinating building!