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 Mask of Command

By Ian Ross - Published 2016

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

We are back in the 4th century for this tale about the closing years of the Roman Empire, which has split in two, ...Read Review

Agrippa’s Wake

By Ralph Jackman - Published 2016

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

Around 27 BC in Rome, after Octavian becomes the first Roman emperor Caesar Augustus, a man stands beside a tombstone inscribed with the name ...Read Review

Arminius: The Limits of Empire

By Robert Fabbri - Published 2017

Genres:

Military

9 AD. Arminius of the Cherusci leads an alliance of six Germanic tribes against the might of the Roman Empire. The story is told ...Read Review

A Villa Far from Rome

By Sheila Finch - Published 2017

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AD 66: the Romans have conquered much of Britain, and the tribes live uncomfortably beside a powerful military force. Insurrections still occur, but some ...Read Review

The Confessions of Young Nero

By Margaret George - Published 2017

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

The awesome power, political maneuverings, decadence, and general nastiness of ancient Rome are brought vividly to life in this hefty, lavishly written novel ...Read Review

Betrayal: The Centurions I

By Anthony Riches - Published 2017

Genres:

Military

68 AD, a time of turmoil in the Roman Empire. Nero has committed suicide, and Galba has taken the throne. Galba dismisses the incorruptible ...Read Review

Release Your Inner Roman: A Treatise by Nobleman Marcus Sidonius Flax

By Jerry Toner - Published 2016

Genres:

Nonfiction

Struggling with raising your unruly children, getting that raise at work, or finding a balance between happiness and letting luxuries dull your senses? ...Read Review

Blood & Steel: Throne of the Caesars

By Harry Sidebottom - Published 2016

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

In 238 AD, twenty-one months after Maximinus Thrax becomes Emperor of Rome, two men in Carthage, Gordian the Younger, a Legate, and his elderly ...Read Review

The Gates of Hell

By Michael Livingston - Published 2016

Genres:

Fantasy

There is certainly much to commend in this alternate history/fantasy series where Livingston imagines how the presence of divine artifacts of power, ...Read Review

Roman Mask

By Thomas M D Brooke - Published 2015

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

Gaius Cassius is a hero of Rome, loved and admired by all, but he hides his true feelings: that he was – and still ...Read Review

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