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’.

A Villa Far from Rome

By Sheila Finch - Published 2017


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


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



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



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



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



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



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

Children of the Wise Oak

By Oliver J Tooley - Published 2016


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



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



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

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