Discussion: Your Favourite Historical Period

(This may seem a little non-book related, but I swear this is relevant.)

Personally I’d have to say my favourite period in history to study is ancient Egypt.  Compared to Western culture their civilization was so alien so I suppose there’s the whole exotic factor.  Yet at the same time I admire their determination as a culture to survive.  How many other civilizations pretty much collapse twice and come back stronger than ever?  That’s pretty admirable.  And there were so many interesting people to study.  Nefertiti, Nefertari, Ramses II, Kamose, etc.

At the same time, I absolutely love ancient Rome thanks to Mike Duncan’s awesome podcast The History of Rome.  There are much more reliable written records for Roman history than there are for much of ancient Egyptian history and I feel like I know the historical figures on a much deeper level.  Of course there’s the fact that I love studying ancient battle tactics and the Romans were always fighting someone.

As you guys have probably noticed, these periods in history are the ones I read about most frequently in historical fiction.  Coincidence?  Of course not.

So what I want to know is: What’s your favourite period in history?  Why?  Do you intentionally seek out historical fiction set in that period?

12 comments

      • J. F

        Okay I had a great reply and it got bumped off. humph. Well my favorite time period is Ancient Rome because it touched so many societies as Celts, Egypt, Africa, China via the Silk Road. Oh what fun all the trouble they created. And I love the Roman Woman/Domina. She is so like the America pioneer woman who started on the farm and went to the big city and it was never the same.

  1. The Masquerade Crew (@MasqCrew)

    Pretty much any point in history for me. I enjoyed Zoe Saadia’s books set in pre-Aztec times, and I always enjoy a good King Arthur, Robin Hood, or some other middle age story. I haven’t read any books set in Roman times, but I want to. I just don’t read as prolifically as you do. 😉

    • Carrie Slager

      That’s pretty cool. If you ever want to try out books set in Rome, Conn Iggulden is a good place to start. He tells a good tale even if his accuracy isn’t always top-notch. Colleen McCullough is excellent but her 1000+ page books can be a little intimidating.

  2. Phillip McCollum

    Yeesh, this is a tough question. I find so many different parts of history interesting for their own reasons. The interactions of the Greek city-states. Roman polity. The mystique of South and Meso American. American Revolutionary and Civil War periods because of the way they shaped the current U.S.

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