Awesome Women of the Ancient World

Books featuring great heroines in ancient Greece, Egypt, Rome, Britannia, etc. My background is largely in fantasy, but "regular" historical fiction is also welcome!

See also Awesome Women of the Medieval/Rennaissance World.
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389 books · 916 voters · list created February 12th, 2010 by Kelly (votes) .
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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica What about The Firebrand, a Marion Zimmer Bradley book about Cassandra of Troy?


message 2: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Ooh, good one. It's been on my TBR list for ages.


message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I read Firebrand before Mists of Avalon, which may be why, but I much prefered it.


message 4: by Megan (new)

Megan Firebrand sounds wonderful. Also, you should consider "My Lady, Pocahontas" by Kathleen V. Kudlinski for this list.


Barbara Gem(ini) I'm afraid "Gone with the Wind" should not be on this list :)


message 6: by L. (new)

L. I agree. Gone With The Wind, The Crucible,and The Constant Princess don't fit the idea of this list.


message 7: by Jasminka (new)

Jasminka And "A thousand splendid suns" don't fit here also!


message 8: by Kay (new)

Kay I love most of the books on this list but I also think that a good book for this list would be Andromakhe by Christina O'Donelly


message 9: by Danna (new)

Danna Philippa Gregory's The Constant Princess - is not ancient world. Same as Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell... They are awesome, though!


message 10: by Hanae (new)

Hanae would you like me to clean up the mess and remove the aforementioned books?


message 11: by Hanae (new)

Hanae OK, done :-)


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) Same goes for "Madame Tussaud" (which I'll remove on those same grounds).


message 13: by Hanae (new)

Hanae BTW: The Red Tent is awesome. One of my personal favourites. Bible Girl Power!


message 14: by Monica (new)

Monica Thank you for this list!


message 15: by Danna (new)

Danna This is one of the best lists on GR! We should have a Awesome Women of the ________ (medieval/modern...) World.


message 16: by Obeweh (new)

Obeweh Solomon This list is great,thanks


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) I see that a bunch of nonfiction works have crept onto the list. Stay or go?

Also: the Middle Ages are NOT "ancient history" as defined by historians (which essentially covers the millennia BC and the first 2 or 3 centuries AD, approximately up to the beginning of the migration period/fall of Western Rome). Should the likes of World Without End be removed?


message 18: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Uhm, I love The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley but that takes place in a fantasy world.


message 19: by Kandis (new)

Kandis Dawkins What a swell list! Thanks for making it!


message 20: by Amy (new)

Amy Miles to go by Miley Cyrus?!?! Someone please pull that junk it's number 109


message 21: by Amy (new)

Amy sorry 194


message 22: by Fiona (last edited Oct 24, 2016 08:03AM) (new)

Fiona Hurley Ðɑηηɑ wrote: "This is one of the best lists on GR! We should have a Awesome Women of the ________ (medieval/modern...) World."

I've just created Awesome Women of the Medieval/Rennaissance World and added some of the books from this list that referred to Medieval/Rennaissance women. Please go and add some more awesomeness :)


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