There is a body of modern fiction set in ancient Rome.


  • I, Claudius and its sequel, Claudius the God, by Robert Graves. The classic dramatised account of the life of the emperor Claudius.
  • Count Belisarius, also by Graves
  • Augustus and Tiberius by Allan Massie.
  • The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough.
  • A Song for Nero by Tom Holt.
  • Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Harry Turtledove
  • Caesar's Bicycle by John Barnes
  • Mémoires d'Hadrien by Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas
  • Agent of Byzantium by Harry Turtledove
  • Pompeii by Robert Harris
  • Pro Caelio by Stephen Ciraolo
  • Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem
  • Julian by Gore Vidal
  • Avventura nel primo secolo by Paolo Monelli
  • I Am a Barbarian by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp
  • A. D. 62: Pompeii by Rebecca East
  • The Roman by Mika Waltari
  • The Emperor series by Conn Iggulden
  • The Door in the Wall, The Key, The Lock by Benita Kane Jaro
  • Roman Justice: SPQR: Too Roman To Handle, by Anne Hart
  • Last days of Pompeii by E.G.Bulwer-Lytton

Detective fictionEdit

  • The Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Saylor, starts with Roman Blood.
  • The Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis.
  • The SPQR series by John Maddox Roberts.
  • The Germanicus Mosaic series by Rosemary Rowe - set in Roman Britain.
  • The Claudia series by Marilyn Todd
  • The Publius Aurelius series by Danila Comastri Montanari
  • The Eagle series by Simon Scarrow
  • The Marcus Corvinus series by David Wishart

Comic booksEdit

  • Leading Comics - in the 1940s, a series called "Nero Fox" (about a funny animal fox named Nero Fox, who was emperor of Rome) was published as a backup series in this comic title.
  • Asterix series by René Goscinny (stories) and Albert Uderzo (illustrations)


  • Quo Vadis - U.S. 1951 director Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Robe - U.S. 1953 director Henry Koster
  • Demetrius and the Gladiators - U.S. 1954 director Delmer Daves (sequel to The Robe)
  • Ben-Hur U.S. 1959
  • Spartacus - U.S. 1960 director Stanley Kubrick
  • Cleopatra - U.S. 1963 director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire - U.S. 1964 director Anthony Mann
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - U.S. 1966 director Richard Lester
  • Satyricon - Italy 1970 director Federico Fellini
  • Caligula - U.S. 1979 director Tinto Brass
  • History of the World Part 1 - U.S. 1981 director Mel Brooks
  • Gladiator - U.S. 1999 director Ridley Scott
  • Quo Vadis - Polish/U.S. 2001 director Jerzy Kawalerowicz
  • Quo Vadis? (TV mini-series 1985) Director Franco Rossi


  • Joseph Addison - Cato
  • Albert Camus - Caligula
  • Henrik Ibsen - Emperor and Galilean
  • Ben Jonson - Sejanus, His Fall
  • Heinrich von Kleist - Die Hermannsschlacht
  • William Shakespeare - Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus
  • Stephen Sondheim - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


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