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’.

Saviour of Rome

By Douglas Jackson - Published 2016



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



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



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


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



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



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



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

Rise of the Wolf

By Jennifer A. Nielsen - Published 2016


AdventureChildren/Young AdultFantasy

This is book two in the Mark of the Thief series, which takes place in ancient Rome. The Praetors, who serve the goddess ...Read Review

Discover the Roman Empire

By Imogen Greenberg - By Isabel Greenberg - Published 2016


Children/Young AdultNonfiction

This very attractive slim hardback is well designed to introduce young readers to the history and complexity of the Roman Empire. The language ...Read Review

Conqueror Vanquished

By Leigh Court - Published 2016



Conqueror Vanquished is a short novel set in the era of Gallic conquest by the Romans. Leonidas, the commander of the Roman army, ...Read Review