Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Bloopers! Dioscorides was Greek

It has come to my attention that I published a little fib in The Vesuvius Isotope. Below is an astute e-
mail from reader Zoe:

Hello Dr. Elise -

I am presently reading your great novel 'The Vesuvius Isotope' and I am very much enjoying the history you have incorporated into your story.

Unfortunately I did not make note of what chapter or what page you first mention Dioscorides but if I am not mistaken you indicate that he was a Roman. I, being of Greek descent, immediately realized that that was not a Roman/Italian name because of the ending letters. Dioscorides was a Greek. It may too late to correct that in your printing and you may very well have already had this brought to your attention but being a proud Greek, I felt I had to make this comment to you. I tried in vain to go back to locate where I read the 'Roman' statement but I was unsuccessful. If my memory is serving me incorrectly on having read that description on this then please forgive me.

Once again, thank you for this very informative and adventurous tale.


Zoe: Thank you for the e-mail and for noting a blooper in the novel. You are correct! Dioscorides was of Greek descent, but he practiced in Rome, which is why I referred to him (erroneously) as Roman. You have a great nose for names! It is, indeed, too late to correct the flub in the current printing of Vesuvius, but it can be corrected in future additions. Cheers,

This blog post explores a non-fictional theme or locale that is incorporated in The Vesuvius Isotope, the first Katrina Stone novel. Buy The Vesuvius Isotope in print or ebook.

From the ancient ruins beneath Mount Vesuvius, a two-thousand-year-old document has emerged. It is the only text ever attributed to the ambitious, inquisitive, and cryptic last pharaoh of Egypt...

When her Nobel laureate husband is murdered, biologist Katrina Stone can no longer ignore the secrecy that has increasingly pervaded his recent behavior. Her search for answers leads to a two-thousand-year-old medical mystery and the life of one of history’s most enigmatic women. Following the trail forged by her late husband, Katrina must separate truth from legend as she chases medicine from ancient Italy and Egypt to a clandestine modern-day war. Her quest will reveal a legacy of greed and murder and resurrect an ancient plague into the twenty-first century.

Kristen Elise, Ph.D. is a drug discovery biologist and the author of The Vesuvius Isotope and The Death Row Complex. She lives in San Diego, California, with her husband, stepson, and three canine children. 

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