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’.

Rome’s Sacred Flame

By Robert Fabbri - Published 2018

Genres:

Military

Rome, AD 63. Vespasian has been made Governor of Africa. However, this is no reward for faithful service by an increasingly unpredictable Emperor Nero. ...Read Review

Blood Forest

By Geraint Jones - Published 2017

Genres:

Military

Minden, Germania. 9 AD. Found by the 17th Legion naked and covered in sacrificial blood, he has no name. He has no recollection of ...Read Review

Onslaught

By Anthony Riches - Published 2017

Genres:

Military

This is the second volume of Riches’ new series, The Centurions, following his successful Empire series comprising nine novels. In this saga, the ...Read Review

Day of the Caesars

By Simon Scarrow - Published 2017

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

Day of the Caesars is the latest novel in Simon Scarrow’s long-running Eagles of the Empire series, set in the 1st century ...Read Review

The Last Hour

By Harry Sidebottom - Published 2018

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

Harry Sidebottom takes up his sword for a seventh time in his Warrior of Rome series with his new novel, The Last Hour. ...Read Review

Blood and Sand

By C. V. Wyk - Published 2018

Genres:

AdventureChildren/Young Adult

The first in a proposed trilogy, Blood and Sand is Wyk’s debut novel about one young woman’s quest for vengeance in ...Read Review

Glory of Rome: (Gaius Valerius Verrens 8)

By Douglas Jackson - Published 2017Published 2017-08-10

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

AD 77. Gaius Valerius Verrens is an honoured member of Emperor Vespasian’s inner circle, but this is no bar to danger caused by ...Read Review

Pilate’s Daughter

By Fiona Veitch Smith - Published 2017

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Claudia Lucretia Pilate, the fictional daughter of the historically accurate governor Pontius Pilate, is not happy with her father’s choice of husband ...Read Review

Caesar’s Footprints: Journeys to Roman Gaul

By Bijan Omrani - Published 2017

Genres:

Nonfiction

Caesar’s Footprints is an excellent and thorough account of many aspects of Roman Gaul (roughly equivalent to modern-day France), from general life ...Read Review

Arrius Volume 1: Sacramentum (Oath)

By Preston Holtry - Published 2017

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

Arrius is a Roman soldier who, throughout his distinguished career, has been dedicated to the aims and ideals of the Roman Empire. Until ...Read Review