Writing books is supposed to be a solitary pursuit, but we have each other in this endeavor. This significantly improves the quality and helps us through the rough spots, for somehow what neither could manage on her own we nevertheless achieve as a team. It’s also much more fun when you have someone else who immediately appreciates what it must have taken to build the walls around Thebes, or the thrill of locating a monument in Turkey, or with whom you can argue about when the Trojan War really happened.
But there are a lot of other people who have supported us while we worked on – and continue to work on – this series of novels – and we want to mention them below.
I’d like to thank Rachel Cook and Margaret Kuczynski for reading drafts of Iokaste and providing welcome feedback and encouragement. Thanks also to many others for advice and support along the way: Barbara Beer, Sylvia Blume, Wendy Erisman, Dan Guller, Maria Kovas, Steven Saylor, Alice Tasman, Brooks White, and Catherine Yoes.
And to Mark Kimmey for the support, encouragement, love, and inspiration he gives me – “thank you” doesn’t even scratch the surface.
First and foremost I want to thank my family: my husband, Johann Rafelski, who has supported my historical fiction research by watching countless documentaries with me and who has accompanied me to both Greece and to Turkey and to many museums. Susanne Rafelski is generally one of my first readers on a new manuscript and her feedback is invaluable, while Marc has made excellent technological suggestions.
Next I need to thank Vassilis Aravantinos, the director of the Archaeological Museum at Thebes. After somewhat uncertain communication by fax, I showed up at the museum door one morning. He let me paw through his library, showed me the most recently discovered shards with Linear B on them, and then drove me around Thebes. Among the sites we visited were the hill where Amphion was apparently buried, the royal tombs allegedly belonging to Eteokles and Polynikes, the spring in which Oedipus washed off the blood after killing Laius, Dirke’s fountain – also the site where Kadmos slew Ares’ dragon – and the area where the Sphinx was supposed to roam. That day remains in my memory as one of my all-time favorites.
Others also helped the book as it was being written. Ancus Roehr obligingly decided that our group of friends should sail from Athens rather than Plymouth, when I objected, “But my novel’s set in Greece!” Beate Kohl drove around with me to various archaeological sites, listened to me speak for hours on the subject, and even read early drafts. Many others listened, read, and gave encouragement: Paul Lacko, Ralf Juergens, Anja Harder, Marcie Grossack, Marshall Grossack, Irvin Grossack, Andrew Gallacher and Jennifer Torneden.
Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound.
Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes.
E.J.W. Barber, Prehistoric Textiles: The Development of Cloth in the Neolithic and Bronze Ages, Princeton University Press, 1991.
Geoffrey Bibby, Four Thousand Years Ago: A Panorama of Life in the Second Millennium BC, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1962.
Robert Bittlestone, Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer's Ithaca, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Susan Blundell, Women in Ancient Greece, British Museum Press, 1995.
William J. Broad, The Oracle: The Lost Secrets and Hidden Message of Ancient Delphi. Penguin Press, New York, 2006.
Richard Buxton, The Complete World of Greek Mythology, Thames & Hudson, London, 2004.
John M. Camp, The Archaeology of Athens, Yale University Press, 2001.
Lionel Casson, The Ancient Mariners: Seafarers and Sea Fighters of the Mediterranean in Ancient Times, Princeton University Press, 1991.
Lionel Casson, Travel in the Ancient World, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.
Rodney Castleden, Minoans: Life in Bronze Age Crete. Routledge Press, London, 1990.
Rodney Castleden, Mycenaeans: Life in Bronze Age Greece. Routledge Press, London, 2005.
John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B, Cambridge University Press, first printed 1958; reprinted 2000.
John Chadwick, The Mycenaean World, Cambridge University Press, 1976.
John Chadwick, Linear B and Related Scripts, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1987.
Leonard Cottrell, The Bull of Minos: The Discoveries of Schliemann and Evans, Facts on File, New York, 1953.
Andrew Dalby, Siren Feasts: A History of Food & Gastronomy in Greece, Routledge, London, 1996.
Katie Demakopoulou & Dora Konsola, Archaeological Museum of Thebes, Archaeological Receipts Fund, Athens, 1981.
Oliver Dickinson, The Aegean Bronze Age, Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Ernst Doblhofer, Die Entzifferung alter Schriften und Sprachen, Reclam Verlag Leipzig, 2000.
Maitland A. Edey and the Editors of Time-Life Books, Lost World of the Aegean, Time-Life Books, New York, 1975.
Euripides, The Bacchae.
Euripides, The Trojan Women.
Nic Fields, Bronze Age War Chariots, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2006.
Nic Fields, Mycenaean Citadels c.1350-1200 BC, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2004.
J. Lesley Fitton, The Discovery of the Greek Bronze Age, The British Museum Press, 1995.
Robert Graves, The Greek Myths, Penguin Books, 1992.
P.A.L. Greenhalgh, Early Greek Warfare: Horsemen and Chariots in the Homeric and Archaic Ages, Cambridge University Press, 1973.
Nicolas Grguric, The Myceneans c.1650-1100 BC, Osprey Publishing, Oxford, 2005.
N. G. L. Hammond, A History of Greece to 322 B.C., Third Edition, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1986.
Herodotus, The Histories, Penguin Books, 1994.
Hesiod, Works and Days.
Reynold Higgins, Minoan and Mycenaean Art. Thames and Hudson Ltd., London, 1967.
Homer, The Iliad.
Homer, The Odyssey.
Efi Karpodini-Dimitriadi, The Peloponnese, Ekdotike Athenon S.A., Athens, 1997.
Kerenyi, C. The Heroes of the Greeks, Thames and Hudson; New York, 1959
J.V. Luce, Celebrating Homer's Landscapes: Troy and Ithaca Revisited, Yale University Press, 1998.
Robert Morkot, The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece, Penguin Books, London, 1996.
Past Worlds: Harper Collins Atlas of Archaeology, Harper Collins, London, 1997.
Tony Perrottet, The Naked Olympics, Random House Trade Paperbacks, New York, 2004.
Sarah B. Pomeroy, Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity, Shocken Books, New York, 1975.
Sarah B. Pomeroy (Ed.), Women's History & Ancient History, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1991.
Donald Preziosi and Louise A. Hitchcock, Aegean Art and Architecture. Oxford University Press, 1999.
Manuel Robbins, Collapse of the Bronze Age, Authors Choice Press, Lincoln, NE, 2001.
Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus.
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex.
Judith Swaddling, The Ancient Olympic Games, The University of Texas Press, Austin, 1999.
Reay Tannahill, Food in History, Stein and Day; New York, 1973
D.H. Trump, The Prehistory of the Mediterranean, Chaucer Press, London, 1980.
Nikolaos A. Vrisimtzis, Love, Sex and Marriage in Ancient Greece: A Guide to the Private Life of the Ancient Greeks, Nikolaos A. Vrisimtzis, 1999.
Michael Wood, In Search of the Trojan War, Facts on File, New York, 1985.
Michael Wood, The Road to Delphi: The Life and Afterlife of Oracles. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, New York, 2003.
John G. Younger, Music in the Aegean Bronze Age, Paul Astroems Foerlag, Jonesred, 1998.
J.E. Zimmerman, Dictionary of Classical Mythology, Bantam Books, 1971.
Links We Like
Parada's Greek Mythology Link: A tremendously detailed resource, and we want to thank Carlos Parada personally for all his work – his was the first in-depth website that we found.
The Theoi Project: this website has wonderful information about the temples devoted to various gods and information on plants and herbs of the past.
Maps of Ancient Greece: Maps of ancient Greek world. Incredible detail!
Visiting Archaeological Sites in Greece: If you want to visit archaeological sites in modern day Greece. Named after Pausanias, the Roman who created the original tour guide scrolls
Perseus-Tufts Education Project: A project in which many of the classics are being put on line.
The Teaching Company: This has great sets of lectures by many professors on all sorts of subjects – we’ve watched nearly all the lecture sets on ancient Greece and archaeology. Yes, you have to pay, but this is great value for the money (as long as you wait for your course to be on sale).
Steven Saylor's website: Contains a list of historical fiction books relating to ancient Greece and ancient Rome.
Writing-World: A website for writers, where Victoria has a column on “Creating Fabulous Fiction.”
Coffeehouseforwriters: A website for writers, offering on-line writing courses by Victoria on the how-to's of writing historical fiction, creating character and structure in fiction.
David Sheppard's Oedipus blog: A modern Pausanias, David Sheppard’s blog about his travels in Greece lets people know what the ruins are like today. He is also giving us permission to use one of his photos as a reference for Antigone & Creon: Guardians of Thebes.
Steve Lampasona's On-line Art Gallery: Visit the website of the artist who created the original cover art for Iokaste, the earlier version of the book.
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The Tapestry of Bronze is a series of interlocking novels set in ancient Greece, starting several generations before the Trojan War. Archaeological evidence indicates that this “Golden Age of Heroes” aligns with Bronze Age dates. Our series forms a tapestry, because the books tie together, though each novel focuses on one strand of story. Jocasta, Children of Tantalus, The Road to Thebes and Arrows of Artemis are available for purchase today. And more are in the works!
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