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Subject: Roman influcenced novels
Date Posted: 9/23/2010 4:20 PM ET
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What are some of the best books influence by the Romans. Be it Gods or soldiers at war, etc. I can't get enough of the culture and want something great to read. Thank you all for the help.

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 4:37 PM ET
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Roman Blood by Steven Saylor is one of the best historical mysteries I've read. The main character is an investigator hired by Cicero to uncover the truth about a murder. The story is based on a real murder case in which Cicero acted as the advocate for the accused man.

It is the first in a series, so if you like it, there's a lot more to read.

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Date Posted: 9/23/2010 5:16 PM ET
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I liked Pompeii by Robert Harris. 

Date Posted: 9/23/2010 5:33 PM ET
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Simon Scarrow has a Romans series, also check out this I believe there are four in Iggulden Emperor Series.

The Gates of Rome (Emperor, Book 1)
Conn Iggulden

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Date Posted: 9/23/2010 5:52 PM ET
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Steven Saylors series as mentioned about is my favorite. others I like

LIndsay Davis - histiorical mysteries set in Rome

David Wishart - histosricay myster set in Rome

Rosemary Rowe - historical mystery set in Rom

Cleopatra's daughter - Here childred an brought to Rome - Very good

Mistress of Rome - author's last name is Quinn cant remember the first name

Colleen McCullough's Rome series

I am guessing you are talking ancient Rome an not later in history when you get into more stories of Rome and Florence.and such.


Date Posted: 9/23/2010 8:35 PM ET
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Theres also the Emperors of Rome series by Conn Iggulden.  I'm getting ready to start those soon.  They look really good!

Date Posted: 9/25/2010 1:07 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/26/2010 10:23 AM ET
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Steven Saylor also has a novel called Rome that deals with the history of Rome and the Romans and how everything evolved and changed up to the time of Julius Caesar.  I liked it the early history very much as I knew next to nothing about it.  Mr. Saylor has a new book the was just released called Empire, but I haven't read it yet.

Date Posted: 9/27/2010 10:50 AM ET
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Another nod for Coleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series. It is outstanding reading, just be prepared for 1,000+ pages and lots of Roman names that get confusing. The First Man in Rome is the first book in the series. Once you get started, you will be hooked and reading all of the doorstoppers.

I also enjoyed Imperium by Robert Harris and have his Pompeii book in my TBR.


Date Posted: 9/27/2010 12:06 PM ET
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I third the Colleen McCullough books. My all time favorite books of anything I've ever read in my life.

Date Posted: 9/27/2010 7:10 PM ET
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There's the classics by Robert Graves:  I, Claudius and the sequel Claudius the God, unbeatable for historical accuracy and good story-telling and a couple by Taylor Caldwell are set in Rome, can't think of the names, but one is about Cicero. 

Cheers, Margaret

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 9:36 AM ET
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Pillar of Iron is the Taylor Caldwell book on Cicero. The other is The Glory and the Lightning.

Date Posted: 9/29/2010 11:08 AM ET
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The Glory and the Lightning is ancient Greece...but still a good read.  smiley

Date Posted: 10/30/2010 10:35 AM ET
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I really liked Pilates Wife By Antoinette May.