Carol Colclough Strickland

The Eagle and the Swan

This historical novel set in 6th-century Constantinople reveals the true "secret history," as opposed to the scandalous "Secret History" written by court historian Procopius, of a remarkable couple who ruled the late Roman Empire. Theodora, star of the glorious mosaic in the Church of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy, was a notorious star of the circus, exotic dancer, and courtesan before she linked her fortunes to the soldier who became Emperor Justinian. Together they ruled what became the Byzantine Empire, shocking the Old Guard and laying the groundwork for our modern world.



Selected Works

non-fiction, art history
Interactive features allow reader full immersion or overview of subject, from background, precursors, technique, & people behind the art - with more than 100 full-color images, multiple hotspots for layers of extra information and blowups to see technique, designed especially for the iPad, available from iBooks
Fiction
Historical Novel, Feminist History, Enhanced eBook & soon to be published as a print book by Echo Point Books & Media
Nonfiction
Succinct, accessible survey of art history, "a browser’s delight, as well as an authoritative reference." The 3rd edition includes a new, updated chapter on contemporary art, to be published January 2018.
Architecture A-Z: styles, stars, movers, and movements that define the history of architecture. Facebook page at https://www.facebook/AnnotatedArch/?fref=ts 1st printing sold out, soon to be republished by Echo Point Books and Media
As introduction or refresher course, provides a brisk overview of literary achievement through the ages.
Non-fiction
From cave paintings to contemporary art in a nutshell
Monograph on contemporary German painter, Aris Kalaizis, Hermer Verlag, 2009
Essay titled "Detour as a Route to Unity and Order"
"A Dangerous Beauty" essay on Waldman's oeuvre