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GLADIATOR: Fight for Freedom by Simon Scarrow marks the debut of a new series by the popular author, this one aimed at younger readers, as young Marcus Cronelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training for the arena after his father is murdered and his mother kidnapped. See Scarrow’s other novels here.

Rosemary Sutcliff’s novels about Roman Britain and Homer’s Greece have become beloved classics of the historical genre.

The Eagle of the Ninth, about the quest of Marcus Aquila to recover a lost eagle standard, has now been made into the movie The Eagle (see New Movies). The trilogy of novels featuring Aquila (The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch, and The Lantern Bearers) are collected in the omnibus edition The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles.

Sutcliff’s other stories set in Roman Britain include Frontier Wolf, about a young commander who takes charge of a motley band of legionaries •
The Outcast, about a Roman boy brought up by a British tribe • Sword at Sunset, about the Roman-British cavalryman whose deeds gave rise to the legend of King Arthur.

Sutcliff also retold the tales of Homer in
Black Ships Before Troy and The Wanderings of Odysseus.

by Michael Ford For readers 9-12: In The Fires of Ares, a mysterious pendant sets a young slave on the path to become a Spartan warrior. Followed by: Birth of a WarriorLegacy of Blood. By the same author: Heroes, Gods & Monsters in Ancient Greek Mythology and the graphic novel Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Spartapuss Tales by Robin Price

For readers 9-12: I Am Spartapuss, a fanciful tale chockful of wordplay set in Rome, AD 36, in which our feline hero runs afoul of the emperor Catigula and ends up a gladiator. Second in the series: Catigula, featuring a psychic mouse (the Moracle) and a magical Fleagytian coin. Third: Die, Clawdius, in which the arrival of a new emperor doesn’t make life any easier for Spartapuss!

Percy Jackson & The Olympians
by Rick Riordan

For grades 5-9: When 12-year-old loser Perseus Jackson discovers he’s a demigod — the son of Poseidon — his adventures bring ancient Greek myths into the modern world. In The Lightning Thief, the Olympians wage war over a thunderbolt. In The Sea of Monsters, Percy must battle the bloodthirsty Cyclops, Polyphemus.

The Thieves of Ostia introduces Flavia Gemina, a girl with a penchant for solving mysteries, and her friends Jonathan, a Jewish boy; Lupus, a mute beggar; and Nubia, an African slave.

The four friends continue their crime-solving exploits in The Secrets of VesuviusThe Pirates of PompeiiThe Assassins of RomeThe Dolphins of LaurentumThe Twelve Tasks of Flavia GeminaThe Enemies of JupiterThe Gladiators From Capua
The Colossus of RhodesThe Fugitive from CorinthThe Sirens of SurrentumThe Charioteer of DelphiThe Code of RomulusThe Beggar of VolubilisThe Scribes from Alexandria The Prophet from EphesusThe Man from Pomegranate StreetThe Legionary from Londinium

The Roman Mysteries: Series OneSeries Two the BBC TV series on DVD

From Ostia to Alexandria with Flavia Gemina travel guide • The Roman Mysteries Treasury goes behind the scenes of Glavia Gemina’s world

Omnibus I (books 1-3) • Omnibus II (books 4-6)

Popular fantasy author Roberts weaves magic with history; each volume is a self-contained novel centered around one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

In The Great Pyramid Robbery, Senu and his mischievous ka, Red, take on the ruler of the Two Lands. In The Babylon Game, Tia finds dragons in the hanging gardens and challenges the King of Persia. In The Amazon Temple Quest, a young female warrior must uncover the secrets of the Temple of Artemis. In The Mausoleum Murder, the son of a slain sculptor confronts Alexander the Great and the mysteries of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. Sorcery, plotting, poison and a power struggle at the Olympic Games provide the backdrop for The Olympic Conspiracy. An ancient race of sea creatures surface when the giant statue that guards the harbor of Rhodes is thrown down by an earthquake in The Colossus Crisis. A young lighthouse keeper in Alexandria becomes involved in the intrigues of Julius Caesar in The Cleopatra Curse.

Also by Katherine Roberts:
I Am the Great Horse, the story of Alexander the Great as told by his famous steed, Bucephalos.

Novels by Paul L. Anderson

These classic novels for young adults, first published in the 1930s, are available again!

In A Slave of Catiline, a young slave is confronted by the conspiracy of his master Catiline (the subject of Steven’s novel Catilina’s Riddle.) In Swords in the North, Gaius, a young Roman aristocrat in Caesar’s Tenth Legion, takes part in the invasion of Britain, is captured, and designated for sacrifice by the Druids; only a British princess can save him. In With the Eagles, Roman army life and Caesar’s conquest of Gaul are seen through the eyes of a young legionary soldier. In Pugnax the Gladiator, Dumnorix the Aeduan, sold into slavery and given the Roman name of Pugnax, becomes a gladiator at Rome and encounters undreamed of adventures. For Freedom and for Gaul is a stirring novel of Vercingertorix, defender of the Gauls against Caesar’s invasion.

THE IDES OF APRIL by Mary Ray A whodunnit set in the reign of Nero: when a senator is murdered, all the slaves will die unless 17-year-old Hylas finds the killer! A sequel, BEYOND THE DESERT GATE, takes place in Palestine.
INSIDE THE WALLS OF TROY by Clemence McLaren The tale of the Trojan War as seen through the eyes of the beautiful Helen and the tragic Cassandra. By the same author: Waiting for Odysseus, told from the point of view of the four women most central to the tale of Odysseus. Aphrodite’s Blessing: Love Stories from the Greek Myths brings to life three heroines, Atalanta, Andromeda and Psyche, and shows how each obtains a worthy mate.
ANCIENT WORLD NOVELS by Nikos Kazantzakis The world-famous author of Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ also wrote novels for younger readers, including Alexander the Great, a view of the conqueror as seen through the eyes of a young boy in the Macedonian court, and At the Palaces of Knossos, the stirring tale of Theseus, Ariadne, and the Minotaur.

ROMAN SCHOOLBOY MYSTERIES by Henry Winterfeld First published in Germany in the 1950s and ’60s, Winterfeld’s books feature humor, history, hair-breadth escapes and razor-sharp logic. In Detectives in Togas, a group of boys find their teacher bound and a friend blamed for defacing a temple, but there’s more to the case than meets the eye. In Mystery of the Roman Ransom, the boys track down a murder plot. Both books have delightful illustrations. For ages 9 and up.

NOVELS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by G.A. Henty These handsomely illustrated classics span the length and breadth of the ancient world. In The Young Carthaginian, a young noble follows Hannibal in his campaigns against Rome. In Beric the Briton, a boy-chief fighting with Boudicca is captured by Romans and taken to Nero’s Rome to become a gladiator. Also by Henty: For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem and The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt.
GETORIX: THE EAGLE AND THE BULL by Judith Geary At 15, Getorix is paraded as a captive in a Roman triumph, but his life is spared and a young Roman befriends him. SEVEN WONDERS OF THE ANCIENT WORLD by Mary Hoffman Callimachus, librarian at Alexandria, travels to the ancient wonders with his young servant Philip in this picture book for ages 4-8.
GALEN: MY LIFE IN IMPERIAL ROME by Marissa Moss Jottings and drawings by a 12-year-old working alongside his father, an artist in the home of Augustus. SPEND THE DAY IN ANCIENT ROME by Honan & Kosmer includes projects and activities, from draping a toga to preparing a Roman feast. Ages 8-12.

THE ARKADIANS by Lloyd Alexander The award-winning author of the Prydain Chronicles takes his inspiration from Greek myth for this lively tale of a poor clerk and a talking donkey on a heroic quest.

THE SILENT FORT by Fay Sampson A trio of young Britons are caught up in the dnagerous intrigues of druids, tribal warriors, and invading Roman legions.

TROY by Adele Geras Geras’s 368-page epic transforms the triumphs and tragedies of Homer’s Iliad into a fascinating novel for young adults. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Best Children’s Book award.

IN SEARCH OF A HOMELAND by Penelope Lively Ian Andrew illustrates this masterful and gripping retelling of Virgil’s Aeneid for readers age 9 and up.

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