A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the roots of Christianity and is set against a vivid background of ancient Rome.
Considered an idiot because of his physical infirmities, Claudius survived the intrigues and poisonings of the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, and the Mad Caligula to become emperor in 41 A.D. See also King Jesus.
In Khufu's Wisdom, the Fourth Dynasty monarch faces the prospect of the end of his rule and the possibility that his daughter has fallen in love with his successor. Rhadopis of Nubia is the story of the Pharoah Merenra II and the courtesan Rhadopis. And Thebes at War tells the story of Egypt's victory over the Asiatic foreigners who dominated the country for two centuries.
A novel of the eighteenth-dynasty Pharaoh Rameses and his wife, Queen Nefertiti; Menenhetet, their creature, lover, and victim; and the gods and mortals that surround them in intimate and telepathic communion.
The exiled poet Ovid depends on the kindness of barbarians.Then he becomes the guardian of a feral child. What ensues is an encounter between civilization and nature, as enacted by a poet who once cataloged the treacheries of love and a boy who slowly learns how to give it.
Traces the last years of Alexander’s life through the eyes of his lover, Bagoas. Abducted and gelded as a boy, Bagoas was sold as a courtesan to King Darius of Persia, but found freedom with Alexander after the Macedon army conquered his homeland. See also Renault's several other novels about the ancient world.
In ancient Rome, Marcus Didius Falco, the emperor's secret agent investigates a rash of murders believed to be the work of the convicted mobster Balbinus. From his exile, Balbinus is revenging himself on the people who helped convict him.
Cyrus Spitama traveled to India, where he discussed nirvana with Buddha, and to the warring states of Cathay, where he learned of Tao from Master Li and fished on the riverbank with Confucius. Now blind and aged in Athens, he strives to resolve how the universe was created, and why evil was created with good.