Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome was a frequent subject of Victorian historical fiction and also popular throughout the 20th century. It was similarly popular in movies, though it fell out of fashion for a couple of decades until the game-changing success of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, released in 2000. Since then the floodgates of fictional Rome have been torn open.

But Rome means different things to different people. For some it is a military story of imperialism and war in foreign lands. For others it is the victim-tale of the conquered (especially if the conquered happen to be British or Judaic). For others it is broadly cultural: how could people be so similar to us and so different? There is a broad strand of historicals that touch on the New Testament stories, including many new ‘gospels’ and a wealth of faith stories, as well as some militantly anti-Christian novels. There are Roman detective novels, military historicals, sea stories, epics, and literary novels.

Biographical novels are perhaps the richest vein – for literature and ‘box office’.

Bar Kokhba: The Jew Who Defied Hadrian and Challenged the Might of Rome

By Lindsay Powell - Published 2021



Part travelogue yet still solid non-fiction history, this is a story about two fascinating personalities and the doomed attempt of one, Bar Kokhba, ...Read Review

An Evil Planned: Murder in the Roman Empire

By Theo Faurez - Published 2022



Antioch, 100 CE. A young woman is murdered in broad daylight, and her family is withholding secrets from the vigiles. Investigating the murder are ...Read Review

The House with the Golden Door (Volume 2) (Wolf Den Trilogy)

By Elodie Harper - Published 2022


Ancient Pompeii comes to life in the second installment in Elodie Harper’s Wolf Den trilogy. The bustling Roman Empire city is the ...Read Review

Caesar’s Lord (Constantine’s Empire)

By Bryan Litfin - Published 2022



In 323 AD, Emperor Constantine is on the verge of consolidating the widespread Roman Empire under the Christian God and a unified government, but ...Read Review

Rhea Silvia: Book One in The First Vestals of Rome Trilogy

By Debra May Macleod - By Scott Macleod - Published 2022


This is the first novel in a trilogy featuring the mythical women of early Rome who guarded the sacred Vesta flame. It is 772 ...Read Review

Emperor’s Lion (The Imperial Assassin 5)

By Alex Gough - Published 2022



Fifth in the Imperial Assassin series, Emperor’s Lion has the feel of historical believability right from the start. The “lions” involved are ...Read Review

The Iron Way: Volume 2 (The Sarmatian Trilogy)

By Tim Leach - Published 2022



175 AD Vindolanda, Britannia. Sarmatian warrior Kai has paid for his people’s defeat on the Danube by pledging his arms to Rome. At ...Read Review

The War That Made the Roman Empire: Antony, Cleopatra, and Octavian at Actium

By Barry Strauss - Published 2022



Actium, fought on September 2nd in 31 BC, is surely one of the most decisive battles in history, but until I read this book ...Read Review

Empire of Iron (Vesta Shadows Trilogy Series, Book 3)

By Debra May Macleod - Published 2022



Rome, during the reign of Caesar Augustus, the Temple of Vesta:  the Vestalis Maxima (head of the Vestal Virgins), Pomponia, seems to have ...Read Review

The Capsarius: Volume 1 (Legion XXII)

By Simon Turney - Published 2022



Titus Cervianus is a Capsarius: a combat medic in the 22nd Legion. He is also seen as unlucky by his comrades in the 22...Read Review

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