The Sacred Land

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The Sacred Land
Author H. N. Turteltaub
Country United States
Language English
Series Hellenic Traders
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Forge Books (Tor)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 380
ISBN 0-7653-0037-0
OCLC 52429839
813/.54 21
LC Class PS3570.U758 S24 2003
Preceded by The Gryphon's Skull
Followed by Owls to Athens

The Sacred Land is the third book in the Hellenic Traders series by H N Turteltaub. Like the others in the series it is a work of historical fiction concerning the adventures of a pair of Greek traders from Rhodes.


In the book, Sostratos, the more scholarly of the pair, visits Jerusalem, where he tries to learn more about the odd monotheists who live there. Menedemos, meanwhile, fulfills his usual role of paying more attention to profits than prophets and pays a great deal of attention to women (occasionally those married to other men).


The setting is the coast of Asia Minor, Cyprus, and Jerusalem and the surrounding area in the period of time about thirty years after the death of Alexander the Great. As in the other books in the series, persons and places are frequently given their Greek names rather than the English ones (Sokrates, Platon, etc.).