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Where did the Minoans come from?

The Minoans came from somewhere, the question was where? In 2013, examination of the DNA of skeletal remains answered the puzzling enigma that surrounded the origins of the Minoans. Prior to this discovery, Sir Arthur Evans, opined the Minoans had to have come from Egypt and who were exiled from their homeland. ancient egyptancient greeksArchaeologyBronze…

The (uneasy?) marriage between fact and fiction

In the previous blog Entertainment over historical accuracy, the comments received ranged from not being impressed with the film or the depiction of Egypt and the “exodus”, the misinterpretation of information to acceptance that the film industry glosses and loosely portrays the truth. (I hope you’re not out of breath after that long sentence!) We…

Entertainment over historical accuracy

Exodus: Gods and Kings I watched the movie back in December 2014 when it was released here in Australia. I wanted to see it not for its historical content but for its visual depiction of Ancient Egypt. We are fortunate to live during a time where computer technology and continued archaeological discoveries can be used together…

Ingredients for disaster

‘…nine thousand was the sum of years which had elapsed since the war which was said to have taken place between those who dwelt outside the Pillars of Heracles and all who dwelt within them; this war I am going to describe. Of the combatants on the one side, the city of Athens was reported…

Up Up and Away

The eBook version of Search for the Golden Serpent is now live! If you live in the northern hemisphere, you may be lucky enough to sneak in and pre-order your copy before the day is out! It’s not where he appears, it’s when. What if you’re born during another time, grew up in the 21st…

Book Cover Reveal

My latest book has been a long time coming and I now can reveal to you the cover design for Search for the Golden Serpent. I think it looks awesome, thanks to Scarlett Rugers of The Scarlett Rugers Book Design Agency. action adventure storiesancient egyptancient greek mythologyAncient Historyancient relicsaspiring authorsauthorsbuying a bookcarthageebooksFather and son storyheroesHistorical Fantasyindie publishingIndie…

Digging My Way into Ancient History

Four years ago I was in a newsagency, fossicking through the myriad of magazines when one caught my attention and so I picked it up. I flicked through the pages and was hooked. The magazine titled: Archaeological Diggings, is an Australian publication on ancient history and archaeology. The stories covered include the latest discoveries and…

The Only Greek Post in Egypt

So, my characters need to leave Egypt and head north following the Nile River. They find themselves arriving at a unique city, different to the Egyptian metropolis’ they had been to, and the city’s plan follows a formulated grid. The place was Naukratis, and the only Greek colony founded during the 26th Dynasty (circa 664 BC).…

Thebes (Egypt)

The next location my characters travel to is Ancient Thebes. In the time period the story is set, Thebes is no long the great and thriving metropolis it once was during the New Kingdom. It only serves as a religious centre for the pharaoh and Egyptians. It was during the Middle Kingdom, when the city rose to prominence and…