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Nicholas Nicastro is an American scholar and historical novelist.

Born in Astoria, New York in 1963, he received a BA in English from Cornell University (1985), an MFA in filmmaking from New York University (1991), an M.A. in archaeology and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell (1996 and 2003). He has also worked as a film critic, a hospital orderly, a newspaper reporter, a library archivist, a college lecturer in anthropology and psychology, an animal behaviorist, and an advertising salesman. His Cornell dissertation research on how humans respond to the vocalizations of domestic cats got some attention from the news media, especially in publications aimed at "cat people" [1] [2] [3]

His writings include short fiction, travel and science articles in such publications as The New York Times, The New York Observer, Film Comment, and the International Herald Tribune. He has been married to Maryanne Newton since 1995. Their daughter, Nell Lindsay Nicastro, was born in March 2002.

In 1996, he wrote and directed the documentary video Science or Sacrilege: Native Americans, Archaeology & the Law, an examination of the conflict between scientists and native people for control of ancient remains. The video is currently distributed by Berkeley Media LLC, and is often shown in college courses on this subject.

Nicastro's ancient fiction, including Empire of Ashes and The Isle of Stone, is characterized by a willingness to explore the dark underside of popular historical exploits. In Ashes, he presents the career of Alexander the Great from the perspective of a skeptical Athenian soldier/historian who must debunk Alexander's official divinity to save himself from a charge of sacrilege. In Isle of Stone, Nicastro presents a portrait of ancient Sparta during the Peloponnesian War that departs from what classical historian Paul Cartledge calls "the Spartan mirage". Instead, he reveals both the roots and the consequences of practices that, some say, made Sparta the Western world's prototype of a totalitarian society.

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Total Books: 10
Hell's Half-Acre A Novel
2015 - Hell's Half-acre a Novel (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780062422569
ISBN-10: 0062422561
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Circumference Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe
2015 - Circumference Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781250068446
ISBN-10: 1250068444
Genres: History, Science & Math
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Empire of Ashes A Novel of Alexander the Great
2010 - Empire of Ashes a Novel of Alexander the Great (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781453628034
ISBN-10: 1453628037
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Passion of the Ripper
2010 - The Passion of the Ripper (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781453619469
ISBN-10: 1453619461
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Circumference Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe
Antigone's Wake A Novel of Imperial Athens
2007 - Antigone's Wake a Novel of Imperial Athens (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781933523262
ISBN-10: 1933523263
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Isle of Stone A Novel of Ancient Sparta
2005 - The Isle of Stone a Novel of Ancient Sparta (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780451217127
ISBN-10: 0451217128
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Empire of Ashes A Novel of Alexander the Great
2004 - Empire of Ashes a Novel of Alexander the Great (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451213662
ISBN-10: 0451213661
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Between Two Fires
2002 - Between Two Fires [The John Paul Jones Trilogy, Volume 2] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781590130339
ISBN-10: 1590130332
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Eighteenth Captain
1999 - The Eighteenth Captain [The John Paul Jones Trilogy, Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780935526547
ISBN-10: 0935526544
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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