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

Review of For the Winner by Emily Hauser

My review of Emily Hauser's For the Winner, an enchanting, dramatic novel that brings to life iconic mythic characters, including a woman whose voice had long been silenced.

Weekly Roundup of Archaeology, History and Historical Fiction April 15-21

My weekly roundup of posts I enjoyed: website of films set in ancient Egypt, a new pyramid found, a lecture on the historical basis of the Trojan War and another on Hellenistic temples in the Peloponnese.

Weekly Roundup of Archaeology, History and Historical Fiction April 8-14

Here's my weekly roundup of posts I enjoyed: Aliette de Bodard on embracing mythic traditions from across the world, a medieval Jewish cemetery resurfaces in Rome, Scott Lynch on why pirates come Black, female and middle-aged, speaking of border walls brings Hadrian's to mind, laugh with Tinney Heath about speaking…

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