I'm teaching an online course for Stanford University
I'm teaching an online course on the Romans for Stanford this autumn: The Roman World
It is open to anyone in the world (who wants to pay tuition to Stanford of course). It involves video lectures, online text and video conferences, reading ancient literature in translation, and exploring the history of Rome through the biographies of famous Romans.
Registration is open now and is limited to only 40. This will be my first time doing this type of class for Stanford so we'll see how it goes! I'm excited about it.
Writing and Researching Historical Fiction
I am running a workshop on writing and researching historical fiction for the New Hampshire Writers Project on 17 October.
The workshop is limited to 12 people. More info and a registration form can be found on the NHWP website.
Story in the Timberline Review
I have a new short story in the premiere edition of the Timberline Review, a new literary journal out of Oregon.
Titled Thebes vs. Athens (457 BCE) it tells the story of two ancient Greek soldiers on opposite sides in a war who encounter each other in the forest, alone and cut off from their respective units. One is a member of the famous "Theban Band."
There is a lot of great fiction and poetry in this issue, and if you would like your own copy, find it very reasonably priced at the Timberline Review's website.
I look specifically at The Sign of the Cross (1932), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and HBO's Rome (2005 & 2007). I also discuss the history of torture both in Rome and the US, and specifically about our troubling representation of torture in movies.
Feel free to join in the conversation. Are there any other Roman or ancient world themed games I should be playing?
Pantheon Video Excerpts Finished
I have produced six mini "webisodes" of excerpts from Pantheon. Each is done in a different visual style and give an idea of the many flavors, and genres, of the stories of the gods in the novel.
Thanks to generous Kickstarter donors, I was able to hire professional voice actors to read the excerpts. You can think of the videos as visual audiobooks.
To watch the "webisodes", you can click the thumbnail images to the left to open a separate streaming page. You can also view this YouTube playlist which contains them all.
Please like, comment on, and share the videos!
Pantheon Trailer Released
The trailer for my novel Pantheon has been released. The fantastic voice actress is Debbie Irwin.
Please feel free to share the link!
Pantheon Kickstarter Successful!
Thank you to the donors! We were funded at 151% in the end, so we have the funds now to create a trailer for Pantheon and six 5-minute "webisodes" with a professional voice actor reading excerpts from the novel. They will be like mini audiobook recordings. When posted to YouTube etc., they will give potential readers an idea of what the book is like.
Look for them to appear soon here and on YouTube, Vimeo, Amazon and other places.
Pantheon is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes
The printed version of Pantheon is now on Amazon.com. It is not cheaper than buying it direct from the publisher, but it is available for Amazon Prime. If you would like to buy it from there, please use the link to the left (which sends a few of Amazon's pennies my way).
A Companion to Walking Tours of Ancient Romehas been published
The Companion contains detailed entries on the collections of the Capitoline Museums, the Vatican Museums, the Museo Barracco, and the Palazzo Altemps. Descriptions, historical information, and mythological backgrounds are given for hundreds of artifacts and pieces of art. It also incorporates two detailed day trips that are possible from the city center: Rome's port city Ostia and Hadrian's villa at Tivoli.