Tempus (novel)

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Tempus front cover.jpg
AuthorJanet Morris
CountryUnited States
SeriesSacred Band series
PublisherParadise Publishing
Publication date
April 11, 2011
Media typePrint (paperback)

Tempus With His Right Side Companion Niko is a novelized collection of fourteen previously-published short stories in the Sacred Band series by Janet Morris.[1] Originally published in 1987 by Baen, it was reissued in 2011 by Paradise Publishing.


Robert W. Cape, Jr., in Classical Traditions in Science Fiction wrote of Tempus (1987; 2011), Tempus Unbound (1989; 2017) and The Sacred Band (2010) "A fantasy series about the Sacred Band of Stepsons, an elite army modeled on the fourth-century B.C.E. Sacred Band of Thebes. The stories explore the fraught personal relationships of mixed hetero- and homosexual troops, only sometimes paired, as they fight for their commander, the immortal Tempus. Morris includes archaeological and historical details, from physical items to social practices, religion, and philosophy, to create a fantasy world that is, in many ways, more historically accurate than many popular accounts of antiquity."[2]


  1. ^ Review of Tempus, Good Reads.
  2. ^ Rogers, Brett M.; Stevens, Benjamin Eldon (2015). Classical Traditions in Science Fiction. Oxford University Press. p. 322. ISBN 9780199988419.