Top 10 Fiction Books Set in Ancient Greece

 

Ancient Greece was a civilization which stretches from 13th to 9th BC belonging to Greek history. In the 8th century, Greek urban poleis began to form which was gathered immediately by Archaic Greece and colonization of Mediterranean Basin.

Ancient Rome was very much inspired by Greek culture, and it’s influence on it. Ancient Greece laid the foundation for modern western civilization and acted as a crib to western civilization.

 

The Last Of The Wine

This instalment by Mary Renault preached homosexuality and became a best-seller among gay communities. The story is narrated by young Alexias. It gives information that what qualities one should look upon in his counterparts such as loyalty, honour, and courage. However, the father also writes not to involve with women in young age.

Read it For:
the stellar performance by the author who tried to bring Ancient Greece again to live with the help of Alexias.
Don't Read it For:
many things depicted in the place’s culture was not specified properly and were repetitive.
What makes this book stand out?:
the same sex relationships shown in the story make us understand the importance human relationships.

The Odyssey

Odyssey is a collection of one of the two major ancient Greek poems composed nearly in 8th century BC. This volume is a sequel to lead again attributed to Homer. Greek hero Odysseus, the king of Ithaca is portrayed in this volume. His life after the fall of Troy. This book was originally written in Homeric Greek which was then translated into many modern languages.

Read it For:
thrilling adventures of Odysseus and the life of his family after his death.
Don't Read it For:
As the story is in the poetic form many people won’t like it.
What makes this book stand out?:
amazing poetic work and sequel written by Homer

The King Must Die

This is the first instalment by Mary Renault which portrays adventures of Theseus who is considered a hero in Greek mythology. Adventures started from Troizen and ended in Eleusis where the death was written for him in the prophecy. Depicting the heroism in an affluent way, Theseus was named as kings of the victims in the book.

Read it For:
This book is sufficed with the qualities and feelings needed for turning the page.
Don't Read it For:
excessive imaginational narrations and unbelievable prophecy.
What makes this book stand out?:
striving strength of Theseus as a hero, and amazing imagination makes this book a page-turner.

The Bull From The Sea

The book “The Bull From The Sea” is the immediate sequel to the adventures and heroism of Theseus portrayed in The king must die by Mary Renault. Theseus when returned to Athens, his father had committed suicide which leaves the kingdom in his hands. Then he met a pirate king of Lapiths. He collaborated with him on his upcoming adventures and set out for the same.

Read it For:
This book gives answers to the questions left in the first part.
Don't Read it For:
self-absorption and justification of Theseus at some level.
What makes this book stand out?:
exhilarating escapades of Theseus.
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The Ten Thousand

401 BC. A group of mercenaries, dreamers, camp followers and glory seekers set out for helping a general named Cyprus in the wartime. All of them were trained hard in order to last on the battlefield. In this jaw-dropping narration, ten thousand men will witness high pitched battles, march across the desert and sail across rivers. When all these settles, some would be alive, some would be dead, and one among them would emerge as the greatest hero of all.

Read it For:
adrenaline rush coming straight from the battlefields narrated and dark horror
Don't Read it For:
The major reason it failed to get the attention of the readers is that the plot moves very fast which doesn’t give a chance to settle with the readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
amazing informative battle scenes and ancient Greek setting.

The Mask of Apollo

The Mask of Apollo is a first-person narration by a fictional character of Nikeratos who is a famous actor in Syracuse and Athens. During his acting career and profession, he met several bunches of people and witnessed political conflicts emerging in Syracuse.

Read it For:
Mary Renault came out from her comfort zone and kept a brilliant piece of work in front of her readers
Don't Read it For:
Though the author tried to take us to the world which is totally foreign, it still disappoints some section of the population.
What makes this book stand out?:
its history of arts, culture, and empire of Ancient Greece.

Soldier of the Mist

The wound on the head of Latro, a mercenary soldier, had made him forgot his memory. With memory, he also lost the ability to remember things. On a lone island, Latro was able to penetrate into the world of Supernatural beings surrounding him, which is both triumph and danger.

Read it For:
the combination of far future tech science fiction and history.
Don't Read it For:
However, the book is one among the popular fiction set in Ancient Greece, Gene Woolf continues his gender politics.
What makes this book stand out?:
immersive work which takes us to the world created in the pages.

Dark Prince

The chaos spirit ruled Greece. The demon king was the king, and according to Greek mythology, there is a prophecy that a child with great power will come to demolish the established empire of the demon king. In the quest for immortality, the demon king calls in this young Alexander in order to kill him and devour his heart. Who will save Alexander from the chaos spirit which had engulfed surrounding him to wreck his soul?

Read it For:
amazing Parmenions and ample settings of battle scenes
Don't Read it For:
Thestlye clashed with its first part.
What makes this book stand out?:
the fancy creation of the author.

King of Ithaca

A young Greek warrior Eperitus is attacked by a group of mercenaries. He aids help of Odysseus. This help build an everlasting friendship between them.

Read it For:
friendship tale and adventures of both the warriors of Ancient Greece.
Don't Read it For:
It doesn’t come close to the troy series by the author
What makes this book stand out?:
Again, for Odysseus’s heroism and adventures

Walled Orchard

told in the darkest way, The Walled Orchard is the book of tragedy told by Eupolis of Pallene, a dramatist, a writer and a rival of Aristophanes.

Read it For:
the sad love story of Eupolis and Phaedra and depiction of war.
Don't Read it For:
As astonishing as every other book on Ancient Greece, this book complimentary provides a sad story.
What makes this book stand out?:
one of the finest historical novels of its time.

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