Featured in the Sunday Times’ bestseller lists many times, Ben Kane’s fantastic range of books have sold over 1 million copies worldwide.
Ben Kane was born in Kenya, but is Irish by blood and now lives in the UK. His international life influenced his passion for world history, which in turn caused him to change careers from veterinary medicine to writing, and has taken him to over 60 countries as well as all seven continents. During his travels and in his subsequent research, which saw him walk hundreds of miles dressed as a legionary, he learned much about the Romans and the way they lived. In 2016, Bristol University recognised the research in his novels with an honorary doctorate of letters.
He regularly features in the Sunday Times' bestseller lists, his books have been published in no fewer than 12 languages, and over one million copies have been sold worldwide. Ben lives in Somerset with his wife and children, where he writes full time. His books include:
The Clash of Empires series
The Eagles of Rome series
The Hannibal and Rome series
Spartacus. Slave. Warrior. Hero.
The Forgotten Legion Trilogy
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What first sparked your passion for archaeology?
Asterix, then a visit to Alesia. Multiple visits to the Imperial War Museum as a boy. The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff, and Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle.
What does archaeology mean to you?
Fresh history coming out of the ground. A way to enrich what we know of the past, to correct misconceptions, and most of all, to bring the lives of those who have gone before us alive once more.
What is the most interesting experience you have had leading an Andante tour?
Seeing the Samnite tomb in the back rooms of the museum at Paestum. Simply magnificent.
What is your favourite archaeological site?
Xanten archaeological park in the German Rhineland, the site of former Colonia Ulpia Traiana. Vast, requiring a whole day to do it justice, this Roman town has a three-storey gate, 400m of wall, a working forge and inn, as well as an amphitheatre and a fantastic museum.
How many tours have you led for Andante?
Only one so far, the classic Pompeii and Herculaneum, but I have high hopes of leading more - the Punic Wars, perhaps.
Have you written any books or featured in any TV programmes?
Thirteen novels set in ancient Rome, eleven of which have featured in the Sunday Times top ten. My books have sold more than a million copies worldwide, and have been translated into thirteen languages.