Books by Mary Renault
Interviews where books by Mary Renault were recommended
Alexander the Great: The Anabasis and the Indica
The History of Alexander
by Quintus Curtius Rufus
The First European: A History of Alexander in the Age of Empire
by Pierre Briant
The Persian Empire: A Corpus of Sources from the Achaemenid Period
by Amélie Kuhrt
Fire from Heaven: A Novel of Alexander the Great
by Mary Renault
Alexander the Great never lost a battle and established an empire that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Indian subcontinent. From the earliest times, historians have argued about the nature of his achievements and what his failings were, both as a man and as a political leader. Here, Hugh Bowden, professor of ancient history at King’s College London, chooses five books to help you understand the controversies, the man behind the legends, and why the legends have taken the forms they have.
The ancient world offers an excellent canvas for historical fiction but too many books fall victim to anachronistic thinking, says Oxford ancient historian Harry Sidebottom, author of two series of historical novels set in Ancient Rome. Here he recommends some of his own favourites, all written during the golden age of classical historical fiction half a century ago.