Judith Starkston

About me

Judith Starkston writes novels set in the period of the Trojan War and the Hittite Empire. If you ever wondered how Briseis, the slave of Achilles in the Iliad, could love the man who killed her husband and brothers and destroyed her city, you’ll want to read my manuscript, especially if you like strong women and half-immortal lovers. I received my B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and my M.A. from Cornell University. I taught high school English, Latin, and humanities for twenty-one years. I have travelled in Turkey and Greece as research for my work and have taken to haunting the university libraries where my children are receiving their expensive educations since they are better than what’s locally available. I live in Phoenix, Arizona with my husband and golden retriever, Socrates.

From my website

Weekly Roundup of History, Archaeology and Writing Wisdom Nov 8-22

News from the ASOR conference & my favorite posts around the web: Bruce Holsinger on historical fiction and truth, the earliest extant European "book", 18th C selfies, treating PTSD via ancient Greek tragedy, & Amphipolis continued, the human remains.

Review of A Day of Fire by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn, Vicki Alvear Shecter

A Day of Fire is a collection of six interconnected stories set in Pompeii on the day Vesuvius blew up. The stories immerse us into a variety of strata of Roman life in this iconic city and build a rich palette of characters.

Curing the Hittite Way: Analogical Magic and Powerful Words

My post about the role of magic and powerful words in Hittite healing to restore harmony between the divine and mortal realms and in the process bring about physical health.

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