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Initial post: 21 Jul 2014 16:09:14 BDT
Nicola Main says:
Anyone got any recommendations? I'm currently reading a great trilogy by Kate Quinn (Mistress of Rome, Daughters of Rome and Empress of Rome) and would like something similar. I'm not really into the military side of things (but wouldn't rule it out) and would prefer if it was set in Imperial rather than Republican Rome. I like a good wealth of characters and obviously a gripping storyline. Thanks in advance :)

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 15:07:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Jul 2014 15:07:55 BDT
Hmm well I've got a book I picked up called "I Am Livia" by Phyllis Smith, which is about a woman who gets involved in the plot to assassinate Julius Caesar, but I'm afraid I can't speak to the characters or storyline as I haven't read it yet ... :)

Posted on 22 Jul 2014 18:58:44 BDT
Naley says:
Check out books by Ben Kane and ConnIggulden.

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 11:45:44 BDT
maggie says:
You could try Manda Scott

Posted on 24 Jul 2014 07:38:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2014 07:45:06 BDT
 says:
Graves: I, Claudius (Penguin Classics)

Graves: Claudius the God (Penguin Classics)

Vidal: Julian

Yourcenar: Memoirs of Hadrian: And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian (Penguin Modern Classics)

Harris: Imperium

Harris: Pompeii

Harris: Lustrum

Massie: Caesar

Massie: Tiberius

Massie: Caligula

(There are more novels by Massie, such as 'Nero's Heirs', 'Antony', &c)

Posted on 4 Aug 2014 13:18:24 BDT
Catherine says:
Anything by David Wishart.

Posted on 6 Aug 2014 13:57:16 BDT
A.L. Moir says:
and anything by Jane Finnis

Posted on 7 Aug 2014 15:50:10 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 Aug 2014 16:22:22 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
I would second the three Robert Harris books and Conn Iggulden's five Emperor books (start with Gates of Rome). Steven Saylor and Simon Scarrow are also two popular Roman Fiction authors although only the latter writes of Imperial Rome.

For a more challenging read try Robert Graves or if you want to lose a year of your life, tackle the epic Master of Rome series by Colleen McCullough.

Posted on 14 Aug 2014 21:47:54 BDT
Kirsty says:
Try Queen of Kings, its centred around the Romans and Cleopatra. Fab book :)

Posted on 29 Aug 2014 21:06:47 BDT
If you also like a lightweight crime and thrillers read, try the "Falco" series by Lindsey Davis which are set in ancient Rome.

Posted on 30 Aug 2014 22:15:58 BDT
Obelix says:
Augustus, John Williams.

Posted on 2 Dec 2014 14:39:25 GMT
TripFiction says:
How about A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome by Alberto Angelo? I picked this up via www.tripfiction.com looking for ancient Rome lit.
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