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Subject: Roman influence fiction.
Date Posted: 9/21/2010 2:38 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: 9/21/2010 2:55 PM ET
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If you are looking for historical fiction, you may want to try that forum. Off the top of my head, I would suggest Colleen McCullough's "First Man in Rome" series and Steven Saylor's Ancient Rome novels.

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 8:38 PM ET
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Conn Iggulden's Emperor series is excellent.    I Claudius is another.  Masters of Rome by Colleen Macclough, I have heard is good.

Date Posted: 1/30/2011 1:11 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/31/2011 9:24 AM ET
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This is undoubtably an incomplete list, but Crime Across Time and StopYoureKillingMe have these mystery authors writing books set in the Roman Empire:

Paul Doherty,  Lindsay Davis,  Ruth Downie,  John Maddox Roberts,  Steven Saylor,  Rosemary Rowe,  Albert Bell,  Philip Boast,  Jane Finnis,  Ben Pastor,  Kelli Stanley,  Marilyn Todd,  David Wishart,   Gertrude Atherton,  Mike Ripley,  Gillian Bradshaw,  Kenneth Benton,  Wallace Irwin,  Joan O'Hagan,  Benoit Severac,  John Blackburn,  Alex Domokos,  Barbara Hambly,  Caroline Lawrence.

To try Roman mysteries, try The Mammoth Book of Roman Whodunnits.  It gives a great selection of these authors. 


Date Posted: 2/6/2011 1:48 PM ET
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For non-fiction:

Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire - Simon Baker


Subject: SPQR series
Date Posted: 4/2/2011 12:02 PM ET
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Try John Maddox Roberts' SPQR series.  It is about a Roman of good family who has a knack for solving mysteries -- mostly murders, many politically connected -- but not always to everyones' satisfaction. He lives at the time of Julius Caesar, and in fact eventually marries Caesar's neice. This saves his life on many occasions.  Even so, at times he has to leave (flee) Rome for other areas of the Roman world, due to his upsetting powerful foes, where he solves still more mysteries. In doing so he encounters many famous people. The hero relates his stories in his old age, but except for his statments at the very beginning and end of the novels you wouldn't  know this as the text makes it seems as he is relating events as they happen.

Check out http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/r/john-maddox-roberts/ for details.

There are 13 books in this series and a couple of them are posted on this site.

Roberts is primarily a sci-fi and fanstasy novelist, but this SPQR series has received acclaim for its historical accuracy and damned good plots. I've read 12 of the novels. Only two have been publishes in paperback so far, so I usually get them from the library. 

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Date Posted: 4/26/2011 12:46 PM ET
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Lindsay Davis- definately! Her Marcus Didius Falco series is fantastic and full of detail that really brings the Roman world to life.  She also has a novel that is not part of the series, but also set in Rome, however I can't remember the name of this one at the moment.


And then there is Robert Graves' I Claudius and Claudius the God.