The historical events and rich cultural backdrop of Rome has made it a firm favorite with authors over the years. It was a time period that was filled with high stakes and human drama, so it's no surprise that readers love reading books about this period as much as authors like writing them. It's not just modern authors who continue to be fascinated by Rome either. Here are just X fiction and literature eBooks featuring Rome that have been written years ago and are now available completely free.
Roads from Rome
by Anne C. E. Allinson
Roads From Rome was published in 1913 and features a selection of short stories that the author refers to as "sketches." The six stories not only feature a selection of historical characters who lived during the Roman era, but Allinson also based many of the facts she used on the writings of the men she used for the stories. According to Allinson, the primary goal of the stories was to demonstrate how much we have in common with the men and women of ancient Rome.
Martyr of the Catacombs: A Tale of Ancient Rome
by James De Mille
Martyr of the Catacombs is a moving tale that is set during the reign of Emperor Decius in third-century Rome. It features a Roman soldier named Marcellus, who is tasked with going into the catacombs and tracking down Christians who are using it as a refuge. However, things do not go according to plan and Marcellus himself decides to convert to Christianity as he is unable to kill innocent people. Unfortunately, this place himself and those around in him grave danger.
by Wilkie Collins
Antonina is an interesting read, not only because it is set in early 5th century Rome, but also because it the first published novel by Wilkie Collins. The author is quite notorious for being very verbose, which means this book is not for impatient readers, but fans of the time period will get caught up in the drama and intrigue. The story takes place against the backdrop of Rome being besieged by the Goths, one of whom ends up falling for a Roman maiden.
by William Ware
Aurelian is one of only two novels written by William Ware and dates back to 1838. While the story is fictional, Ware clearly possessed a lot of historical knowledge of Rome and put it to good use when writing this book. It is written from the perspective of Nicomachus, a former servant of the Queen of Palmyra, who is tasked with collecting and arranging the letters that Lucius Manlius Piso has written to the daughter of an aristocrat. These letters contain a great combination of fictional drama that is mixed in with historical details that will appeal to all fans of ancient Rome.