Lisa Betz

About me

I am a freelance writer, blogger and playwright with a particular interest in ancient Rome. I recently finished the draft of a historical suspense novel set in first-century Antioch, and I’m now in the early stages of developing a mystery set in mid-first century Ephesus.
When not writing, I am reading historical fiction, directing a drama or taking a hike in the woods.

From my website

Follow that Star

K is for Kochab Kochab is the brightest star in the constellation we call the Little Dipper. Perhaps it was Kochab that guided the wise men on their journey to Bethlehem. Not because it was The Star, but because, at the time of Christ’s birth, Kochab was closer to true…

Do You Need a Warm Puppy?

When I was a child I loved a little book by Charles Schultz called Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Do you remember it? Each page featured a drawing of Linus, Snoopy or some other Peanuts character enjoying something that made them happy: a pile of leaves, a fuzzy sweater, a…

Junked Jars

 J is for junked jars Every now and then I stumble on a fascinating bit of historical trivia, like an ancient Roman landfill called Monte Testaccio. In English, we might call it Mount Potsherd. The grass-covered hill rises about 115 ft, but may have been higher in earlier centuries. Monte Testaccio is…

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