Historical Novels about Roman Times

#1
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.
 
#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.

The ones I liked the best were Augustus, Pompeii and Imperium
 
#4
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.
 

Mr_Fingerz

LE
Book Reviewer
#5
#6
I've read the following series based on Roman times with great pleasure:

Harry Sidebottom - Warrior of Rome series
Simon Scarrow - Eagle series
I just picked up a couple of these from a second hand bookshop to take on holiday with me for some poolside reading. I took a chance on them as they were only 50p each.

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...

:)

Rodney2q
 
#9
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.
 
#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.
 
#11
I just picked up a couple of these from a second hand bookshop to take on holiday with me for some poolside reading. I took a chance on them as they were only 50p each.

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...

:)

Rodney2q
You're going to love them !
 
#12
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.
Sounds great! Duly noted this too
 
#13
I read the Cato series from start to finish - it just wasn't possible to put down! I wasn't aware fo the two Gladiator books though - they must also be well worth looking at
 
#14
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.
The Historical Writers website looks to be a goldmine - Douglas Jackson seems to have written a very comprehensive series. Wonderful link - many thanks
 
#15
Ben Hur?
(by Lew Wallace, ex General, Union Army)
 
#16
Simon Scarrow has a brother called Alex and he writes young adult books called "Time Riders" in which the people travel in time to stop time changing. Book 5 is called "Gates of Rome" and Simon gave his permission for Cato and macro to be characters in it. Good series to read as well especially if you have teens who may want to read
 

Joker62

ADC
Book Reviewer
#17
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.
Got the film, but not read the book yet.
 
#18
Got the film, but not read the book yet.
It's actually written by Manfredi in the form of a film script. I've not seen the film so I don't know how close it was to the book, but go for it nevertheless - you'll enjoy it!
 
#19
The Eagle Of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff filmed as The Eagle
 
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
greyfergie The NAAFI Bar 119
Auld-Yin Competitions 20
B The Book Club 53

Similar threads

Latest Threads

Top