- Fiction set in the Roman empire
The following article Fiction set in the Roman Empire lists all works set in the Middle and Late Roman Republic and in the (Western)
Roman Empirebut not those set in the city of Rome or Byzantium.
The article lists works only from the Middle Republic when the city-state of Rome began to expand over Italy.
Historical novels listed in chronological order
"If you know of works set in the Middle Republic, please expand this section."
* "Roma", published
March 6, 2007, by Steven Saylor. According to the author's website, the book covers part of Rome's Republican history. [http://www.stevensaylor.com/ Saylor, Steven. "Steven Saylor website". Retrieved May 16, 2007] No works, apart from Saylor's Roma, are known to be set partially or wholly in the Middle Republic. Books about Hannibal, such as David Anthony Durham's Pride of Carthage(2005), do feature Romans from the Middle Republic.
* "Spartacus" by
* "Spartacus" by
Lewis Grassic Gibbon
* The "
Masters of Rome" series by Colleen McCullough.
* The "Emperor" series by
Conn Iggulden, is more alternate history than fictionalized biography in some respects.
*"Young Caesar" (1958) by
* "Pro Caelio" by
Stephen Ciraolo, possibly based on Cicero's famous speech Pro Caeliodefending a friend on various charges.
Imperium (novel)" by Robert Harris, showing Cicero's rise to the consulship in 63 BC; a fictionalized biography told by his slave, later freedman, Tiro
* "A Pillar of Iron" (1965) by
Taylor Caldwell, a fictionalized biography of Cicero.
* "Imperial Caesar" 1960) also by
* "The Ides of March" by
Thornton Wilder, culminating in Caesar's assassination." Julius Caesar (play)" (16th century) by Shakespeare
* "The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy" (2005) by Michael Curtis Ford
* "The Conquered" by
Naomi Mitchison(1923) Gaul & Gallic Wars 1st century BC
* "Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion" by
G. A. Henty(1893)
* "The Education of Julius Caesar: A Biography, A Reconstruction" by
Arthur D. KahnSchocken Books, New York 1986
Early/High Empire (27 BC to 190 AD)
* "Legion" by
William Altimariset during the reign of Augustus Caesar, takes place in 11 B.C. battle of the Lupia River
* "Centurion: A Novel of Ancient Rome" by
Peter W. Mitsopoulosset during the reign of Augustus Caesar, takes place in 9A.D., battle of Teutoburg Forest
The Eagle of the Ninth" series by Rosemary Sutcliffe(1954) set in Roman Britain c130 AD
* "68 A.D." by
* " [http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1425941818 The Wall] " by
Paul Tilbury(2007) an account of a soldiers' life in the garrison manning Hadrians' Wall.
* "Let the Emperor Speak: A novel of Caesar Augustus" by Allan Massie, Doubleday & Company, Inc., New York, 1987 (First published in Great Britain in 1986 by the Bodley Head as AUGUSTUS).
The Julio-Claudian Dynasty
* "Caesar", "Anthony", "Augustus", "Tiberius", "Caligula" and "Nero's Heirs" by
Books about early Christians or the Christ include:
* (1880) by
Lew Wallace; famously made into a film starring Charlton Heston; set in the reign of Tiberiusin Judaea, the Mediterranean, and Rome. Epilogues carry the story into the reign of Nero
The Robe" (1942), by Lloyd C. Douglas, set in the same period as Ben-Hur; like Ben-Hur, more famous as a film.
I Am a Barbarian" (1967, written 1941) by Edgar Rice Burroughs; the fictionalized memoirs of Caligula's slave.
Books about Claudius or set in his reign include:
I, Claudius" (1934) and its sequel, "Claudius the God" (1935), by Robert Graves. The classic and influential dramatised account of the life of the emperor Claudius, made into a popular TV series(see below).
* The Eagle series by Nigerian-born British novelist
Simon Scarrow. The first book " Under the Eagle" (part of the Eagle series) was published 2000 by Simon Scarrow. Story of Roman invasion of Britain, featuring a young Vespasian. Other books in the series include " The Eagle's Conquest" (2001 set in 42 AD (introducing Boudiccaat the end); " When the Eagle Hunts" (2002) set in 44 AD. Other books in the series include "The Eagle and the Wolves" (2003), "The Eagle's Prey" (2004), "The Eagle's Prophecy" (2005), "The Eagle in the Sand" (2006), and the forthcoming "Centurion" (January - 2008).
Books set in Nero's reign include:
* "Quo Vadis" (1895/1896), by
Henryk Sienkiewiczset in the reign of Neroin 64 AD.
* "" by
* "A Song for Nero" (2003) by
Tom Holt, writing as Thomas Holt.
The Flavian Dynasty
The Nervan-Antonian Dynasty
* "Medicus" (2007) by Ruth Downie; debut in a mystery series concerning a military doctor stationed in
Middle Empire (191 AD to -- AD), when Diocletian splits the Empire
* "Helena" by
Evelyn Waugh; follows the quest of the Empress Helena, a Christian and the mother of Emperor Constantine to uncover the remains of the cross upon which Christ was crucified.
Mémoires d'Hadrien" by Marguerite Yourcenar
* "Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire" by
* "The Last Legion: A Novel" by
Valerio Massimo Manfredi; fictionalized story of the emperor Valerianand what might have happened to his surviving retinue.
* "The Water Thief" (2007) by
Ben Pastor; in 304 AD the historian to Diocletianinvestigates the death of Antinous, Hadrian's favored male consort.
Late Empire: West (-457 AD)
* "The Young Julian" by
Thomas J., Ph.D. Hairston
* "Julian" (1964 by
Gore Vidal, fictionalized biography of the emperor Julian who tried to revive Paganism
Eagle in the Snow" (1970) by Wallace Breem; set in Britanniaand Germaniain the late 4th and early 5th Century; features a MithraicRoman general.
Titus Andronicus" (play) (16th century) by Shakespeare, based on a fictional Imperial Roman general fighting the Goths.
* "Gods And Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire" (2002) by Michael Curtis Ford
* "The Sword of Attila: A Novel of the Last Years of Rome" (2005) by Michael Curtis Ford
* "The Fall of Rome: A Novel of a World Lost" (2007) by Michael Curtis Ford
Late Empire: Byzantine (-457 AD)
Other books about the Byzantine empire and the Crusades are listed under fiction set in Byzantium
Count Belisarius" (1938), by Robert Graves, set in the 6th century AD, in the reign of JustinianJustinian, a novel, by H N Turteltaub August 1998
Avventura nel primo secolo" by Paolo Monelli
* "The Roman" (1964) by
* "The Door in the Wall", "The Key", "The Lock" by Benita Kane Jaro
* "Sand of the Arena" by James Duffy
* "The Nero Prediction" by
* "In the Army of Marcus Batallius" by
David M. Ross
* "Gods and Legions: A Novel of The Roman Empire" by
Michael Curtis Ford
* "The Quest For the Lost Roman Legions" by
* "Three's Company", "Winter Quarters", "Conscience of the King", "The Little Emperors" and "Family Favourites" by
* "Domitia & Domitian" by
* "Games of Venus" by
* "The Flames of Rome" by
Paul L. Maier
* "Antonia" by
* "The Tribune: A Novel of Ancient Rome" by
* "Hadrian's Wall: A Novel" by
* "The Centurion: A Novel" (1986) by
Jan de Hartog Detective fiction
* The "
Roma Sub Rosa" series (1991-2005) by Steven Saylor, starts with "Roman Blood" (1991); the books cover the period 80 BC to 48 BC.
* The "
Marcus Didius Falco" series by Lindsey Davis, starts with The Silver Pigs; set in the reign of Vespasian.
* The "SPQR" series by
John Maddox Roberts.
* The "
Germanicus Mosaic" series by Rosemary Rowe- set in Roman Britain.
* The "I, Claudia" series of novels by
Marilyn Toddfeaturing her picaresque heroine Claudia Seferius
* The "
Publius Aurelius" series by Danila Comastri Montanari
* The "Eagle" series by
* The "
Marcus Corvinus" series by David Wishart
* "", by
* The "Roman Mysteries" young adults' detective/drama series by
* The "
Caius Trilogy" by German author Henry Winterfeld: "Caius ist ein Dummkopf" (Caius is an Idiot); "Caius geht ein Licht auf" (Caius has an Inspiration), and "Caius in der Klemme" (Caius in a Fix). The first part was published in English with the alternate title " Detectives in Togas". The second was published in English with the alternate title " Mystery of the Roman Ransom".
* "The Third Princess: A Septimus Severus Quistus Roman Mystery" by
=Science fiction/time travel novels=
* "Caesar's Bicycle" (1997) (Timeline Wars series) by John Barnes
Household Gods" (1999), by Judith Tarrand Harry Turtledoveset in the reign of Marcus Aurelius
Alternate universe fiction
alternate historynovels are set in fictional universes prior to the present day."
Lest Darkness Fall" (1939 by L. Sprague de Camp; time-travel and alternate history set in 535 AD.
Agent of Byzantium" by Harry Turtledoveset in an alternate 14th century with no Islam.
Hannibal's Children" and its sequel " The Seven Hills" by John Maddox Roberts
"The following alternate history story is set in a fictional universe prior to the present day"
* "Delenda Est" (1955) by
Poul Anderson; now available in "Guardians of Time" (1960 and 1985) editions); Rome defeated by Carthage in the Second Punic Warand what follows.
"The following alternate history novels are set in fictional universes where the Roman Empire never fell, and has endured to the present day:"
* "Romanitas" (2005), by
* "Rome Burning" (2006), sequel to "Romanitas", by
Roma Eterna", a 2003 novel by Robert Silverberg
Germanicus trilogy, a collection of books by Kirk Mitchell.
Orbis (novel)" (2002), by Scott MackayRomans return to a modern day Earth to retake it from Alien invaders who exiled them centuries ago and imposed a strange form of Christianity.
Asterix" series by René Goscinny(stories) and Albert Uderzo(illustrations)
Works inspired by Roman history, or by works of fiction and non-fiction about Rome
Science fictioninspired by Rome or works about Rome
*"Empire of the Atom", by
A. E. van Vogt, translates Graves' novel (above) into a science fiction context
Foundation series" by Isaac Asimovis derived from Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Leading Comics" - in the 1940s, a series called "Nero Fox" (about a funny animal foxnamed Nero Fox, who was emperor of Rome) was published as a backup series in this comic title.
Trigan Empire" was a Science Fiction comic series telling of adventures on the planet Elekton with many similarities to the Roman Empire
* "Quo Vadis" - U.S. 1951 director Mervyn LeRoy
* "The Robe" - U.S. 1953 director
Demetrius and the Gladiators" - U.S. 1954 director Delmer Daves (sequel to "The Robe")
* "Jupiter's Darling - U.S. 1955 director
George Sidney, based on a play by Robert Sherwood
* "Ben-Hur" U.S. 1959
* "Spartacus" - U.S. 1960 director
* "Cleopatra" - U.S. 1963 director
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
* "The Fall of the Roman Empire" - U.S. 1964 director
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" - U.S. 1966 director Richard Lester
* "Satyricon" - Italy 1970 director
* "Caligula" - U.S. 1979 director
History of the World Part 1" - U.S. 1981 director Mel Brooks
* "Gladiator" - U.S. 2000 director
* "Quo Vadis" - Polish/U.S. 2001 director Jerzy Kawalerowicz, remake of 1951 film
Emperor and Galilean"
** "Sejanus, His Fall"
Heinrich von Kleist
** "Die Hermannsschlacht"
** "Julius Caesar"
Antony and Cleopatra"
The Road to Rome" (1927), on which a little-known 1955 film "Jupiter's Darling" was based.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
* "I, Claudius"
Mystery Science Theater 3000" (part of season 8)
* "The Roman Holidays"
* "Spartacus " miniseries by Robert Dornhelm (director)
* "" a dramatized documentary
* "Julius Caesar" minisieries by
* The "Caesar" video games series
Fiction set in Ancient Greece
* [http://intraweb.stockton.edu/eyos/page.cfm?siteID=78&pageID=1 Fictional Rome]
* [http://histmyst.org/ The Detective and the Toga - Roman mysteries]
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