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’.

The Time Travel Diaries: Time Travel Diaries 1

By Caroline Lawrence - Published 2019

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Children/Young AdultTime-slip

When London schoolboy Alex is asked to travel through time to Roman London with a paycheck of one million pounds on offer and ...Read Review

The Grove of the Caesars: Flavia Albia 8

By Lindsey Davis - Published 2020

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Mystery/Crime

This is the eighth book in Lindsey Davis’s mystery series featuring Flavia Albia, daughter of Marcus Didius Falco, an investigator in ancient ...Read Review

The Return

By Harry Sidebottom - Published 2020

Genres:

Thriller

You might suppose that a man who has earned the garlands of a Corona Civica for saving the life of a fellow Roman ...Read Review

Hiding From the Past: An Eighth Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger

By Albert A. Bell - Published 2020

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Mystery/Crime

A murder from the past and an ambush on a hurried trip by Pliny the Younger in 87 CE to join his best friend, ...Read Review

The Lost Chapter

By Tod Scott Connor - Published 2019

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Nero rules Rome in the first century AD and is destroying its best citizens with his ever-growing perversity, cruelty, and terrifying reprisals. Marius, ...Read Review

Daughter of Rome

By Tessa Afshar - Published 2020

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InspirationalRomance

Afshar explores the lives of Aquila and Priscilla from the Bible, a married couple who were extremely influential in the early Christian movement. ...Read Review

Pirata

By Simon Scarrow - By T. J Andrews - Published 2019

Genres:

AdventureNautical

AD 25. When Clemestes, captain of a merchant ship, offers Telemachus, a young man surviving on the streets of Piraeus, the chance to join ...Read Review

Barbarians: Rebellion and Resistance to the Roman Empire

By Dr Stephen P. Kershaw - Published 2019

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Nonfiction

I went to the kind of school where we learned Roman history via Latin lessons, and I’m afraid that Roman history has ...Read Review

The Exiled

By David Barbaree - Published 2019

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The Bay of Naples, August, A.D. 79, at the Roman Imperial summer residence. The Flavians, now under Emperor Titus, have ruled Rome since ...Read Review

Julius Caesar’s Invasion of Britain: Solving a 2,000-Year-Old Mystery

By Roger Stephen Nolan - Published 2019

Genres:

Nonfiction

Roger Nolan has a new theory about the route taken by Julius Caesar in his invasion of Britain in 54 BC.  The received version ...Read Review

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