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

Herstory: An Ancient Cold War Resolved by a Marriage

Queen Puduhepa takes on Ramses II and secures a lasting peace. Read all about it. My herstory contribution to Unusual Historicals.

Weekly Roundup of Archaeology, History and Historical Fiction March 11-17

My weekly roundup of posts: Monumental statue rises from the Nile's muck but it's not Ramses II, reinterpreting Olmec governance at Tres Zapotes, the contradictory messages of the black tank top in costuming the BadAss Woman in film and fiction

Weekly Roundup of Archaeology, History and Historical Fiction March 4-10

Here is my weekly roundup of posts I enjoyed: carved statues from Chinese mythology, trying to assess and fix damage to archaeology from armed conflict, ancient use of mind altering plants and fermented drinks, and a cool rock cut underground labyrinth that is probably a 19th C fantasy by some…

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