More Location Mapping

One of the most daunting parts of writing historical fiction based in times thousands of years in the past is that there is generally a very limited public historical record from which to draw.

It’s one thing to recount history in a reference book. It’s something entirely different to create the intimate relationship to place required for a novel.

I’ve blogged before about how I started making “maps” of scenes, cities and other locations in order to create a sense of intimacy. They are one of my favorite tools, drawing out details such as how a person walked through the city, the position of a home or a gate in relation to a character, etc.

These are two I finished this weekend:

Ancient Aphrodisium (modern-day Mahida, Tunisia)
Ancient Thysdrus (modern-day El-Jem, Tunisia)

The entire second half of The Sibylline Chronicles Vol. 1 is based in the ancient North African province of Byzacena, home to both of these cities.

They are very different – Aphrodisium, a port South of Carthage through which much of North Africa’s olive oil production was exported. Thysdrus, the inland center of that production and a city of exiles.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: