- 31-03-2012, 14:56 #1
Historical Novels about Roman Times
I've read the following series based on Roman times with great pleasure:
Conn Iggulden - Cæsar series
Harry Sidebottom - Warrior of Rome series
Sten Saylor - Rome series
Simon Scarrow - Eagle series
Anyone know of any other good "Rome" series that I can dive into ?
Thanks for any suggestions.
- 31-03-2012, 15:13 #2
Allan Massie wrote a series of excellent ones; Augustus, Tiberius, Caesar, Antony, Nero's Heirs and Caligula.
Also Robert Harris, wrote Pompeii, Imperium and Lustrum.
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- 31-03-2012, 15:30 #3
Duly noted, will be off on a routine patrol of Amazon a bit later to see if I can find them. Many thanks !
- 31-03-2012, 15:47 #4
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Lindsey Davis does a series of books about a private detective based in Rome the Falco series.Supposedly historically accurate
also quite funny.He was a legionare and travels around a bit solving murders and other crimes.While avoiding various enemies
family members and other problems.
Crime novels and Historical books are not my thing ,but,I really enjoyed them.Where did all the old sweats go ? Oh.
- 31-03-2012, 15:47 #5
You could try the Falco series of novels. They're historically accurate but tend towards satire.
More about them here Marcus Didius Falco - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaGuinness. It's the first food group.
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- 31-03-2012, 16:13 #6
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However, I shall pack them away until I go and look forward to reading while lying in the sun with a cool drink! I always thought the Roman army was cool...
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- 31-03-2012, 16:16 #7
Falco sounds great too - looking forward to getting stuck into these suggestions. I hadn't heard of them before - many thanks
- 31-03-2012, 16:23 #8
Simon Scarrow has loads of Roman books, Got them all
1. Under the Eagle (2000)
2. The Eagle's Conquest (2001)
3. When the Eagle Hunts (2002)
4. The Eagle and the Wolves (2003)
5. The Eagle's Prey (2004)
6. The Eagle's Prophecy (2005)
7. The Eagle in the Sand (2006)
8. Centurion (2007)
9. The Gladiator (2009)
10. The Legion (2010)
11. Praetorian (2011)
1. Fight for Freedom (2011)
2. Street Fighter (2012)
- 31-03-2012, 16:34 #9
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Anthony Riches is now into a 4th book about an Auxilliary Legion on Hadrian's Wall which is pretty good. I can also recommend Ben Kane's Forgotten Legion trilogyAnd also his Sprtacus and Hannibal series. Robert Fabbri has started a new series based on Vespasian who commanded the II Augusta when the Romans decided to invade and stay in Britain and who went onto become Emperor. Robert Jackson has a series as well. John Stack has a trilogy on the Roman navy. If you try the Historical Writers Association website, you can speak to most of the authors and get questions answered. Historical Writers' Association | All that's best in historical writing is the website address. Also if you want a series that covers from Marius through to Anthony and Cleopatera, then Coleen mcCullough has that period covered.
- 31-03-2012, 16:37 #10
Not wholly about Rome, but a book with a real difference is The Last Legion by Valerio Massimi Manfredi (also a 2007 film with Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth). The story starts with the final collapse of the Western Roman Empire under the Goths in 470AD and goes on to relate how the Nova Invicta Legion rescues the last emperor who is still a child. The story also relates the final throes of the Romans in Britain and has a real surprise ending. Definitely worth a read.Politics is the business of getting power and privilege without possessing merit. A politician is anyone who asks individuals to surrender part of their liberty - their power and privilege - to state, Masses, Mankind, Planet Earth or whatever. This state, those masses, that mankind and the planet will then be run by ........ politicians. (P J O'Rourke)
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