Part of my research for RAV HISDA'S DAUGHTER is reading other historical novels set in 3rd-4th century Babylonia. Of course there aren't many, and I didn't have a good way to find decent ones. It was only when I got my latest copy of "Historical Novels Review," which comes with being a member of the Historical Novels Society, [http://www.historicalnovelsociety.org/%5d
that I remembered that it reviews books by the century they're set in.
Sure enough, the latest issue had a review of LION IN THE SUN, the final volume of Harry Sidebottom's "Warrior of Rome" trilogy [http://www.harrysidebottom.co.uk/home%5d
, which is not only set in my exact time, but also in my exact locations [Roman Palestine and Babylonia]. Plus Sidebottom [this guy has to be English] is a professor of ancient warfare at Oxford known for his historical accuracy.
Bad news - his novels are published in the UK and not generally available in the US. Good news - the publisher is Penguin, who also publishes my RASHI'S DAUGHTERS novels. A quick note to my editor and next thing I knew, all 3 volumes of "Warrior of Rome" arrive by FedEx. Really good news. I not only learned a lot, I enjoyed a good read. Thanks HNS for that membership perk.