Melanie McDonald 
Eros and Thanatos converge in this story of a glorious youth, an untimely death, and an imperial love affair that gives rise to the last pagan god of antiquity, Antinous.

In this coming-of-age novel set in second century Rome, the Greek youth Antinous of Bithynia recounts his seven-year affair with Hadrian, the fourteenth Roman emperor. In a partnership more intimate than Hadrian's political marriage, Antinous captivates the most powerful ruler on the earth.

This version of the story of the emperor and his beloved ephebe envisions the life of the youth who after death achieved apotheosis as a pagan god whose cult of worship lasted for hundreds of years, and gives voice to Antinous, whose image still appears in museums around the world.
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Cover art © 2009 Megan Chapman
Praise for Eromenos:

Honorable Mention, 2011 Book of the Year Awards, Foreword Reviews, Literary Fiction  

Finalist, 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award

See Multiple Reviews at Goodreads 

Speak Its Name  Awards 5 Stars! ***** 

Historical Novel Society Review Online

UNRV Roman history site review by Ludovicus 

Musings & Marvels review by Sabrina Ricci

Bibrary Bookslut review by Sally

A Bookish Affair review by Meg Wessell

Let Them Read Books review by Jenny Q

Bibliotropic review by Ria

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The Musings of a Book Junkie review by Allison

Historical Fiction Obsession review by Kimberly

Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell review by Lis

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Reviewed by Audra at Unabridged Chick  

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GalleyCat Handpicked New Books Title 1/25/11
BEA Report:

Blogger Sabrina Ricci featured Eromenos
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"The Purple Hat" by Melanie McDonald,
published in 
Fiction Brigade, Issue #1

Two short stories by Melanie McDonald
to sample or read at 
Anthology Builder

More Reviews:

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Featured in Northern Virginia Magazine

Blogger Gerry Burnie Awards 5 Bees
Published by Seriously Good Books,  
A Small Press for Historical Fiction
New ebook story - scroll to see, below:
Poems (unpublished):

Delighted to report that ESPRESSO FICTION,
an e-book anthology including my short story
"The Purple Hat," has been named a Finalist
for The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, in the
category E-book: General Fiction, sponsored
by USA Book News. Congratulations to the editors, Sabrina and Bethany - well-done!