I was born in Washington DC 3 December 1929 but grew up in Palo Alto, CA. Graduated from Palo Alto High 1946. Served in the US Army 1950-53, CIB from Korean War. AB University of California Santa Barbara 1955; PhD in Ancient History, UCLA 1961. After some early postings I taught at UC Santa Barbara 1965-90 with visiting professorships at UC Berkeley (history), Princeton (Classic) and University of Haifa (Maritime Archaeology).
Most of my writing has been academic. Notable are Plutarch's Themistocles, a Historical Commentary (Princeton); Greek Society (Heath, Houghton Mifflin), which paid a royalty for 45 years through five editions. Also over 50 articles and reviews in Greek history and archaeology. I have also been an active archaeologist: underwater archaeology in Italy, Greece and Turkey; and a land dig in Crete. I started writing fiction after I retired (see author page on Amazon) e.g, Dead Philadelphians (Capra,1999) Gershwin's Las Waltz and other Stories (self-published), The Grottos of Barigoule (self-published, 2019). Still writing at 90.
The Grottos of Barigoule
Two American couples enjoying life in beautiful, peaceful Provence are horrified to learn their village is the site of the atrocious murder of twenty five women and children by Papal troops during the massacre of the Vaudois in 1545. Resolving to discover more about the event they find a stubborn reluctance in the villager. Two locals who offer to help are murdered. Finally, with the help of a French detective and his beautiful Muslim deputy (and a deadly shot), they track down an ancient document that discloses the unbelievable curse and its consequences. But now they are on the run and are trapped in the grotto itself for the final struggle.