Fiction set in ancient Rome

Fiction set in ancient Rome

There is a large body of modern fiction set in ancient Rome. The following titles listed include only those that are substantially (more than half) or entirely set in the city of Rome during any period up to the Byzantine empire. It does not include works set partially in Rome, nor does it include all works set in the Roman Republic or the Roman Empire. For works set in the Roman empire but not in the city of Rome, please see Fiction set in the Roman empire for a list of all works set in the ancient Roman world.

Titles include:

Historical novels listed in chronological order

Rome as a Kingdom

If you know of works set in the pre-Republican era, please expand this section.

Early Republic (before 264 BC)

If you know of works set in the Early Republic, please expand this section.

Middle Republic (264 BC-133 BC)

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.

Late Republic (after 132 BC)

Julius Caesar (play) (16th century) by Shakespeare

  • The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy (2005) by Michael Curtis Ford

Early/High Empire (27 BC to 190 AD)

The Julio-Claudian Dynasty

Books about early Christians or the Christ include:

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).

Books set in Nero's reign include:

The Flavian Dynasty

The Nervan-Antonian Dynasty

The Equinox (1966), a novel by Carol Saylor, of Rome in the time of Commodus.Library of congress catalog No.; 66-11162

Middle Empire (191 AD to -- AD), when Diocletian splits the Empire

No historical works are known that are set entirely or substantially in the city of Rome.

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
  • 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

Unknown period

Detective fiction

Science fiction

Science fiction/time travel novels

  • Caesar's Bicycle (1997) (Timeline Wars series) by John Barnes

Alternate universe fiction

The following alternate history novels are set in fictional universes where the Roman Empire never fell, and has endured to the present day:

Comic books




Video Games

Shadow of Rome

Colosseum Road to Freedom

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