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.
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
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:
Shadow of Rome
Colosseum Road to Freedom