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 Blood of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 17)

By Simon Scarrow - Published 2018

Genres:

Military

It’s scarcely believable that The Blood of Rome is the seventeenth adventure of Cato and Macro, but such is the skill with ...Read Review

The Blood of Rome (Eagles of the Empire 17)

By Simon Scarrow - Published 2018

Genres:

Military

AD 55. When King Rhadamistus, ambitious, ruthless, cruel, and an ally of Rome, is ousted from Armenia, General Corbulo is tasked by the Emperor ...Read Review

From the Realm of Time: A Novel of The Fourth Century Roman Empire

By Scott Douglas Prill - Published 2018

Genres:

Military

Late in the 4th century CE, Rome faces many enemies on its northern frontiers and is losing too many battles. General Marcus Augustus ...Read Review

Vitellius’ Feast: The Four Emperors Series: Book IV

By L.J. Trafford - Published 2018

Genres:

AD 69 in Rome, and Nero is dead. He had most of the vices, but at least he had style and aspirations. Vitellius is ...Read Review

Hammer of Rome: Gaius Valerius Verrens 9

By Douglas Jackson - Published 2018

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

Hammer of Rome is the final novel of the Gaius Valerius Verrens series, legate of the Ninth legion Hispania and a Hero of ...Read Review

The Gods Help Those: A Seventh Case from the Notebooks of Pliny the Younger

By Albert A. Bell jr. - Published 2018

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

When Pliny the Younger is called to the scene of a collapsed warehouse, multiple bodies are found. One of them, wearing equestrian clothing, ...Read Review

The Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero

By Margaret George - Published 2018Published 2018-11-15

Genres:

Biographical FictionEpic

Margaret George’s epic novel, the second of two about the emperor Nero (after The Confessions of Young Nero), begins with Rome on ...Read Review

Praetorian: Eagles of Dacia: Volume 3

By S.J.A. Turney - Published 2017

Genres:

MilitaryMystery/Crime

This is the third book in a series, but it’s not necessary to have read the first two to enjoy this delightful ...Read Review

Julius Zebra: Entangled with the Egyptians!

By Gary Northfield - Published 2018

Genres:

Children/Young Adult

This is the third in the bestselling Julius Zebra series. Julius is a gladiatorial champion, a liberator of enslaved beasts, and a rebel ...Read Review

ARRIUS Volume 2: Legacy

By Preston Holtry - Published 2018

Genres:

Military

This second volume of the Arrius saga follows the pattern of Volume 1. Arrius is now military commander of an outpost of Rome in ...Read Review

1 2 3 44