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’.

Children of the Wise Oak

By Oliver J Tooley - Published 2016

Genres:

AdventureChildren/Young AdultFantasy

Rome is still a Republic and Caesar has not yet been assassinated, and the Celtic Tribes beyond Rome’s grasp are still prospering ...Read Review

Rivals of the Republic: The Blood of Rome, Book 1

By Annelise Freisenbruch - Published 2016

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Hortensia is the daughter of a renowned orator and lawyer. She has been taught by her father in his art and utilizes this ...Read Review

The Silk and the Sword

By Ron Singerton - Published 2016

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

This book’s title reflects Rome’s desire to control the silk trade, which meant destroying its primary competitor in the 1st century ...Read Review

Saviour of Rome

By Douglas Jackson - Published 2016

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

The seventh novel in the superb Hero of Rome series, Saviour of Rome, brings Roman hero, Gaius Valerius Verrens, to Spain, the homeland ...Read Review

Galba’s Men

By L.J. Trafford - Published 2016

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

This is the second book in the Four Emperors series. Book One – Palatine – ended with Nero’s demise and was written not from ...Read Review

The Earthly Gods

By Nick Brown - Published 2016

Genres:

Adventure

273 AD. Imperial Agent Cassius Corbulo is about to throw away a promising career. His bodyguard, Indavara, has been kidnapped, and after weeks of ...Read Review

Land of the Gods

By Sally Prue - Published 2016

Genres:

Children/Young Adult

Lucan, a Celtic boy, hides when he sees the amazing, if frightening, sight of a legion of Roman soldiers. Unfortunately, he makes the ...Read Review

Pax Romana: War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World

By Adrian Goldsworthy - Published 2016

Genres:

Nonfiction

Historian Adrian Goldsworthy chronicles the rise of Rome, revealing how the Romans came to control so much of the world.  He goes into ...Read Review

The Confessions of X

By Suzanne Wolfe - Published 2016

Genres:

InspirationalRomance

The narrator of Wolfe’s deeply poignant novel is nameless, for this detail was never historically recorded. A poor young woman from Rome’...Read Review

Empire IX: Altar of Blood

By Anthony Riches - Published 2016

Genres:

AdventureMilitary

The ninth book in Riches’ highly acclaimed Empire sequence, Altar of Blood takes the protagonists, centurion Marcus Aquila and supporting cast from the ‘...Read Review

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