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Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The Kind Gods by Carolyn Kephart
Price: Free! Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Historical » Ancient(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Did the old gods really die? A warrior seeks answers at the burial-mound of his greatest enemy in this Norse-themed elegy, first published in Bewildering Stories. Carolyn Kephart is the author of the acclaimed epic fantasy THE RYEL SAGA: A TALE OF LOVE AND MAGIC and the contemporary magic realism novel QUEEN OF TIME. 'The Kind Gods' is part of the collection PENTANGLE: FIVE POINTED FABLES.
The Princess Of Egypt Must Die by Stephanie Dray
Price: Free! Words: 18,050. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Princess Arsinoe came of age in the glittering court of Ptolemaic Egypt. Abused by her ruthless sister, a pawn in the dynastic ambitions of her father, and dismissed by the king who claimed her for a bride, young Arsinoe finds herself falling in love with a young man forbidden to her. (Novelette, 11k words.)
The Eye of Mammut by Christine Morgan
Price: Free! Words: 7,790. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2012 by Sabledrake Enterprises. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical(3.67 from 3 reviews)
As spirit man, Aruk has been called upon to use his gifts to solve many problems. With guidance from the ancestors and the spirit world he has great wisdom and gives good advice. But the first true crime his tribe has ever encountered will put him -- put them all -- to the test.
Sacrifices by AM Kirkby
Price: Free! Words: 3,500. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Coming of age
In the Etruscan city of Cisra, the boy Karkana sacrifices his prize possession to help a prisoner of war. But the true implications of his act won't be felt till years later.
Camelthorn Giants: Explore by Jaco de Beer
Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013 by Kameeldoring Boeke. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Adventure » Travel(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a historic novel about Coenraad de Buys and his quest to find the African cities of gold.
Egerius by AM Kirkby
Price: Free! Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Literature » Literary(2.00 from 1 review)
A story of ancient Etruria. Young Egerius is brought up by women after his father's early death; but there are secrets in his father's family, and as he grows older, he learns that he has a family he has never met, and is the heir to more than his father's slim estate... This is a chapter from 'Etruscan Blood', an epic novel of ancient Italy that will be published later this year.
Wessex Tales: "In the land of the great stone rings" (Story 5) by Robert Fripp
Price: Free! Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Turig, a Bronze Age farmer, tells his grandson how he had been drafted for labor service decades before. The work was long and dangerous but his supervisor’s flirtatious daughter presented the larger threat. Two years later, Turig helped lift the last sarsen stone onto a structure we know as Stonehenge. [PS: New research revises this date by a full millennium, from 3,600 to 4,600 years ago.]
Caesar and Cleopatra: A Tale of Julius Caesar by Anne Spackman
Price: Free! Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The final tale in the Tales of Julius Caesar series of stories. Caesar has journeyed to Egypt where he meets Cleopatra. The story continues until the end of Caesar's life.
Wessex Tales: "The Infant and the Hare" (Story 1) by Robert Fripp
Price: Free! Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
“The Infant and the Hare” is the first, earliest story in Fripp’s new collection, “Wessex Tales: eight thousand years in the life of an English village.” Stone Age hunters make camp on Okeford Hill. As dawn breaks the men go hunting while a woman gives birth. And the end? In an age when human beliefs were much different than ours, the end is mystical.
Past-Life in Japan by White Feather
Price: Free! Words: 3,520. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The thought-provoking story of a man's life in Ancient Japan. Desparately seeking enlightenment, his life's path leads through extreme situations which inform him of what enlightment is not....
Aphrodite's Curse: A Short Story by Luciana Cavallaro
Price: Free! Words: 9,330. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Aphrodite’s Curse is about a dynasty’s fall from grace, unrequited love and retribution.
Mapmaker by Brent Meranda
Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: American English. Published: July 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient(5.00 from 1 review)
A border town in Ancient China is a perilous place—especially for a desolate girl with no father. So, when Cricket bumps into an administrator’s wife with a bag full of copper coins, she eagerly agrees to deliver her firewood. But why does the woman need firewood in the summer? And why do soldiers stop and question them? Does it have anything to do with the raid at Xitang last Spring?
Wessex Tales: "Julia" (Story 11) by Robert Fripp
Price: Free! Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This story in the "Wessex Tales" collection—"Julia" (Story 11)—is sequel to "The Face in the Floor" (Story 10). It was Julia’s parents who commissioned their villa's magnificent mosaic floor in the previous tale; as a child, she watched the master-mosaicist lay it. As "Julia" begins, Julia is a young woman angry at life, angrier at expectations, and resisting marriage. (circa 335 CE)
A Journey of One Thousand Miles: the Story of Ruth and Naomi by D. Avraham
Price: Free! Words: 16,350. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient(3.00 from 2 reviews)
An exciting retelling of the biblical narrative of Ruth weaves the Bible story with the ancient legend and tradition of the sages, coupled with a dash of creative fiction to bring the story to life for the modern reader. This is an excerpt from the series The Shepherd King
The End of Cleo by Kaysoon Khoo
Price: Free! Words: 4,620. Language: British English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
An original rendition of the death scene of Cleopatra, presented in the form of a dialogue between the Egyptian queen and her handmaiden, Charmion. All inhibitions are scattered to the four winds as the two women unburden their souls and speak their minds before they die. As the author himself calls this piece "ghastly", you have a good idea what to expect!
First Flight of Abbas Ibn Firnas by Brian Bigelow
Price: Free! Words: 2,420. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient(3.00 from 1 review)
Have you wondered what the first glider flight was like? It happened in 875 A.D. and Abbas Ibn Firnas was the one who accomplished the feat.
Wessex Tales: "The Face in the Floor" (Story 10) by Robert Fripp
Price: Free! Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The earliest known mosaic floor to depict Christ was laid in a remote Roman villa in Dorset around 325 CE. (Discovered under meadow grass in 1963 it was moved to the British Museum.) The larger end of this mosaic measures 17 feet by 15, the smaller end, 16½ feet by 8. Why lay this magnificent floor in rustic Dorset? “The Face in the Floor" gives the origins of this floor an imaginative history.
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