Did the movie 10,000 BC give you distaste for the ancient world? If yes, you might want to check out Hadon of Ancient Opar — Philip José Farmer’s inspiring effort at heroic fantasy. It would certainly revive your curiosity for pre-historic civilizations.
Farmer’s story is an explicit homage to Edgar Rice Burroughs. He takes us 10,000 years back and shows what Tarzan’s Opar was in its heyday. Our hero Hadon goes to the city of Khokarsa to win the Great Games, leads a perilous expedition to the Mediterranean and faces a coup d’état when he comes back. This is where the story takes off with a bloody war.
Hadon of Ancient Opar is the second volume of Khokarsa series (the first volume is Time’s Last Gift). It is a pretty cool story and Farmer doesn’t make a mess of ERB standards. However, the fight scenes are more graphic and you encounter loads of sex.
This book has a sequel too called Flight to Opar. Check that out, if you like this one.