There is an ever-increasing amount of historical fiction available to modern readers. One would wonder why this genre has picked up so much steam over the years. The easy answer is that it allows people to understand history in a way they otherwise couldn’t, but there are other factors. People enjoy reading about ancient civilizations because it helps them understand their civilization and culture. They also like it because they can learn about other cultures and compare those to their own. Learning history through historical fiction is one of the best ways to pick up information about a certain period. The author has done extensive research on what happened during this time. Historical fiction allows modern readers to make connections between themselves and the past. In addition, people learn from these books that the greatest events of the past had a great impact on what society is today. One can regard historical fiction as modern history textbooks. By reading these, one cannot only understand the culture and period more fully but can also start to see patterns in history that have been repeated over and over again.