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by H. Rider Haggard

It tells the story of the legendary Queen of Carthage, Elissa, also known as Dido, and her journey from Phoenicia to North Africa, where she founded the city of Carthage. In "Elissa," Haggard brings the myth of Dido to life, weaving a rich and engaging tale of love, betrayal, and adventure. The book follows Elissa's journey from her homeland, where she is forced to flee after the murder of her husband, to her arrival in North Africa. Along the way, she faces numerous challenges and trials, including dangerous sea voyages, battles with pirates, and political intrigue. Haggard's vivid and descriptive writing style brings the ancient world of Carthage to life, painting a picture of a vibrant and bustling society with its own customs, culture, and political struggles. Through his writing, readers get a sense of the challenges faced by a strong and independent woman like Elissa in a male-dominated society, as well as the complex relationships and power dynamics that existed between the different factions of the time. "Elissa" is not only a compelling work of historical fiction but also a valuable insight into the ancient world and its cultures. Haggard's extensive research into the historical period is evident throughout the book, with references to real-life historical figures, events, and places. The book provides a glimpse into the politics, religion, and daily life of the ancient Phoenician world, as well as the historical significance of the founding of Carthage. Overall, "Elissa" is a captivating and engaging book that brings to life one of the great legends of the ancient world. It is a must-read for anyone interested in history, mythology, or historical fiction, and a valuable addition to any bookshelf. Haggard's masterful storytelling and richly drawn characters will keep readers engrossed until the very last page, and leave them with a deeper appreciation for the ancient world and the legends that continue to captivate us to this day.

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Sir Henry Rider Haggard (22 June 1856 – 14 May 1925) was an English writer of adventure fiction set in exotic locations, predominantly Africa, and a pioneer of the lost world literary genre. He...

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