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Last updated VIII AUGUSTUS 2013.

Directory of Authors:

Wolfgang Augsburg · Ron Burns · Lindsey Davis · Wolfgang Dietsch · Hermann Falk · Ingo Gach · Gisbert Haefs · Karola Hagemann & Ilka Stitz · Barbara Hambly · Bernhard Hennen · Jürgen Hofmann · Renée Holler · Heide Huber · Malachy Hyde · Fabian Lenk · Peter Lichtenberger · Martha Marks · Germund Mielke · Danila Comastri Montanari · Jean-Pierre Nèraudau · Siegfried Obermeier · Maria W. Peter · Cay Rademacher · John Maddox Roberts · Stéphanie de La Rochefoucauld · Rolf D. Sabel · Beate Sauer · Steven Saylor · Andrea Schacht · Hans Dieter Stöver · Franjo Terhart · Marilyn Todd · Philipp Vandenberg · Henry Winterfeld

Siehe auch Historische Romane über das alte Rom von Stefan Cramme.

Wolfgang Augsburg

Ron Burns Lindsey Davis
  1. Silberschweine
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1991), originally published in English as Silver Pigs
    Set in the First century AD empire of Vespasian. Private informer Marcus Didius Falco investigates imperial conspiracies in Rome and Britain on behalf of the Emperor, Titus and Domitian. First in the series. [★★★]
  2. Bronzeschatten
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1992, 1998), originally published in English as Shadows in Bronze
    Falco is on the case for Vespasian once again, this time tracking all over south Italy in search of leftover conspirators. Second in the series. [★★] [AMAZON.DE]
  3. Kupfervenus
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1993, 1995, 1999), originally published in English as Venus in Copper
    Falco has given up imperial work to concentrate on the intrigues of the nouveaux riches. Titus appears however. Third in the series. [★★★]
  4. Eisenhand: Falco in Germanien
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1994), originally published in English as The Iron Hand of Mars
    Vespasian has a job for Falco... in barbarian Germany. Falco doesn't want to go. When he gets there, his mission to track down a renegade, find a prophetess and discover the whereabouts of a missing legate is interrupted by ... murder. Fourth in the series. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]
  5. Poseidons Gold
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1995), originally published in English as Poseidon's Gold
    Falco gets arrested for murder with Helena Justina as his accomplice. Her family is not amused. Is Falco destined for the lions? Fifth in the series. [★★+]
  6. Letzter Akt in Palmyra
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1996), originally published in English as Last Act in Palmyra
    Falco has got himself a secret commission from Anacrites to scout the Eastern Empire. Meanwhile, an employee is missing and Thalia the Snake-Dancer wants her found. So why are Falco and Helena joining a theater troupe? Sixth in the series. [★★★★] [excerpt] [AMAZON.DE]
  7. Gnadenfrist
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1997), originally published in English as Time to Depart
    Back home, Marcus Didius assists his friend Petronius in sending one of Rome's top criminals into exile. When a new rash of crimes breaks out, both Falco and Petronius are called before the emperor. The case leads Falco deep into Rome's sinister underworld. Vespasian and Titus appear. Seventh in the series. [★★+] [AMAZON.DE]
  8. Zwielicht in Cordoba
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 1999), originally published in English as A Dying Light in Corduba
    When the nightcap to a mysterious dinner party of the Baetican Olive Oil Producers Society proves to be murder, Falco is off to to distant Hispania, tracking culprits and conspiracies; naturally his girlfriend accompanies. The olive business is the research bit in this one. Eighth in the series. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]
  9. Drei Hände im Brunnen
    (Frankfurt: Knaur, 2000), originally published in English as Three Hands in the Fountain
    When a severed hand turns up in a fountain one day, Falco and Petronius end up in an adventure they never expected. The former's family matters and the latter's marital problems are the B plots in this one while Rome's aqueduct system is the special focus. Ninth in the series. [★+]
  10. Den Löwen zum Frass
    (München: Knaur, 2001). originally published in English as Two for the Lions
    Working with Anacrites and the censors, Falco becomes interested in the death of a gladiatorial lion and the subsequent crimes and coverups surrounding it. Missing relatives and a trip to Africa also participate. Vespasian and his mistress Caenis appear. Miscalling the Parthenon the "Pantheon", dubious character motivations and throwaway descriptions of every port in North Africa beg the question whether Davis, like Colleen McCullough, needs a holiday from Rome. Tenth in the series. [★+] [AMAZON.DE]

Wolfgang Dietsch

  • Verschwörung in Germanien
    (Münster: Aschendorf, 2007). Rufus, a young magistrate, is tasked with finding a counterfeiter. The hunt leads to the new colony Colonia Ulpia Traiana (modern Xanten in North Rhine-Westphalia). [English title would be Conspiracy in Germany.] [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]
Hermann Falk Ingo Gach
  • Caligulas Rache
    (Deutschland: Grafit, 2006). In Roman-occupied Cologne of 123 AD a German youth, Rainolf, and the proconsul's daughter investigate the murder of a quaestor. [English title would be Caligula's Revenge.] [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  • Freyas Fluch
    (Deutschland: Grafit, 2008). The tensions between Romans and Germans in second century Cologne are over. Now the Roman settlements are under attack. When the chief of one of the tribes is murdered, his daughter Freya, a shaman, pronounces a curse on the Roman proconsul, Quintus Caius Justinus. But Rainolf discovers evidence that an insidious plot may be behind war's sudden outbreak ... [English title would be Freya's Curse.] [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]
Gisbert Haefs
  1. Hamilkars Garten
    (München: Heyne, 1999;
    (as Das Gold von Karthago, München: Heyne, 2005).
    In 230 B.C., a Roman official and the head of Carthaginian security investigate after a Roman merchant is found dead in the garden of Carthaginian general Hamilcar. The trail leads to Spain, where Hamilcar is on campaign, and back to Carthage. First in the series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  2. Das Schwert von Karthago
    (München: Heyne, 2005; München: Heyne, 2007, paperback). ). This sequel to Hamilkars Garten features the same characters and is set one year later, in the Carthage, Alexandria and Spain of 229 BC. Second in the series. [AMAZON.DE]

Karola Hagemann & Ilka Stitz

  1. Das Geheimnis des Mithras-Tempels
    (Grafit, 2006, hardcover).
    The new soldier Quintilianus investigates irregularities and robberies in a camp near Colonia Ulpia Traiana (modern Xanten in North Rhine-Westphalia). First in the series. [not yet rated]

  2. Jung stirbt, wen die Götter lieben
    (Grafit, 2009, hardcover).
    Repeated pirate attacks have put coastal Germania province in ferment. When a member of a Chauci tribal delegation turns up dead in Colonia Agrippininesis (modern Cologne), the situation looks to erupt. The young soldier Quintilianus seeks to identify the murderer and save the situation. Second in the series. [not yet rated]

Barbara Hambly

Bernhard Hennen
  1. Der Flötenspieler: ein Kriminalroman aus der Zeit Kleopatras (Düsseldorf: Econ, 1996). In Rome, King Ptolemy's priestess of Isis must discover who murdered and mutilated the king's scribe. Clodia and Caelius appear. [★★] [AMAZON.DE]

  2. Der Tempelmord: ein Kriminalroman aus der Zeit Kleopatras (Düsseldorf: Econ, 1996). The further doings of the court around exiled King Ptolemy Auletes. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

Jürgen Hofmann

  • Cave canem: Roman aus dem alten Rom
    (Rudolstadt: Greifenverlag, 1983). During the time of Augustus, Hieronymus, a slave, tries to solve the murder of his master. [not available for review]
Renée Holler Heide Huber Malachy Hyde
  1. Tod und Spiele
    (München: Diederichs, 1999, hardcover; München: Knaur, 2000, paperback).
    When triumvir Marc Antony visits the sanctuary of Apollo at Didyma in Asia Minor, a priest is found murdered. Silvanus Rhodius, one of Antony's Greek companions, is assigned to investigate. As things progress, he receives help from Laelia, daughter of the resident tavern owner, Bibulus, and his friend Illicia. Antony and the Temple of Apollo in Didyma appear. First in the series. [not yet rated]

  2. Eines jeden Kreuz
    (München: Knaur, 2002, hardcover; München: Knaur, 2004, paperback).
    In Ephesus a brutal gang is terrorizing the area. Meanwhile, an academy direction has been found dead. Are the crimes connected? Silvanus is determined to find out. Second in the series. [not yet rated]

  3. Wisse, dass du sterblich bist
    (Frankfurt: Eichborn, 2004, hardcover; München: Knaur, 2006, paperback).
    In Pergamon of about 40 BC, Silvanus Rhodius investigates the corpse of a young woman as refugees flow into the city and conflicts arise out of the disruption. This time he receives the assistance of two confident women, Laelia and Illicia. Marcus Antonius also appears. Third in the series. [not yet rated]

  4. Gewinne der Götter Gunst
    (Frankfurt: Droemer/Knaur, 2007, hardcover).
    In Pergamon of about 38 BC, Silvanus Rhodius investigates a sudden death. He has help from the priestess Senophrata, which appears to be a case of love at first sight. Fourth in the series. [not yet rated]

  5. Das Dritte Schwert
    (Aufbau Taschenbuch, 2008, paperback).
    This novel was composed by a group of authors – Jörg Kastner, Walter Laufenberg, Sabine Wassermann, Eric Walz, Frank S. Becker, Micaela Jary, Petra Balzer, Günter Krieger, Tessa Korber – each writing a different chapter. In 168 a deadly disease breaks out during the battles between Romans and Germans. Decius, a doctor from a family of healers, seeks to save his brother as well as find love and redemption. Marcus Aurelius appears. [not yet rated]

Fabian Lenk

  1. Falsches Spiel in der Arena
    (Bindlach: Loewe, 01/2002, paperback; Bindlach: Loewe, 2004, in combination with Der Geheimbund der Skorpione, paperback).
    In the Rome of 47 BC, Cleopatra is shortly expected. Julia and Quintus, children of Scorpus the chariot driver, investigate whether his loss in the race was due to foul play. Juvenile. [not yet rated]

  2. Anschlag auf Pompeji
    (Bindlach: Loewe, 07/2002, paperback).
    The boys Caius and Marius are on the trail of a possible blackmailer. Set in Pompeji of 62 AD. Juvenile. [not yet rated]

  3. Die Spur führt zum Aquädukt
    (Bindlach: Loewe, 01/2003, paperback).
    In Nemausus about 120 AD, Sestius and his friend Lucius follow kidnappers of his sister, tracking them to the famous aqueduct. Juvenile. [not yet rated]

  4. Verschwörung gegen Hannibal
    (Bindlach: Loewe, 06/2003, paperback).
    In 218 BC at Hannibal's camp near Cartagena on the Iberian Peninsula, a large army gathers. Zirdan and Tazirat look into rumors of a conspiracy. Juvenile. [not yet rated]

  5. Der rote Rächer
    (Bindlach: Loewe, 07/2005, paperback; Jumbo: 2006, audio CD; Jumbo: 2006, audio cassette).
    [The Red Avenger] In AD 80 celebrations for the inauguration of the Flavian Amphitheater (Colosseum) are disrupted by attacks. A blackmailer tries to extort money from Emperor Titus. Juvenile. [not yet rated]

  6. Die Brandstifter von Rom
    (Bindlach: Loewe, 02/2006, paperback; Jumbo: 2006, audio CD).
    [The Arsonists of Rome] In AD 64 fire lays waste to large parts of the city. Was Nero really behind it? The time detectives are imperilled by some very influential Romans. Juvenile. [not yet rated]

Peter Lichtenberger

  1. Leichtes Geld. Tiberius Caesianus und die Münzverschwürung
    (Self-published: Linz, 2004, 2012; paperback; paperback).
    In AD 63 the Caesiani family tries to place a family member in the Senate by allying with shady senators and Egyptian traders. Young Tiberius is a junior member and has only a minor role planned, but when a murder occurs, he is appointed by investigate along with a Greek private secretary and a beautiful slave. They uncover a conspiracy that stands in the way of the family's ambition. First in the series. [not yet rated]

  2. Flammenmeer. Tiberius Caesianus und der Brand von Rom
    (Self-published: Linz, 2005, paperback).
    During the hot summer of 64 AD, the fire of Rome breaks out and Tiberius is busy in the aftermath, including a gigantic grain theft and the threat of bread revolt.
    Second in the series. [not yet rated]

  3. Das vierte Buch: Tiberius Caesianus und der Nymphenmord
    (Self-published: Linz, 2006, paperback; Self-published: Linz, 2012 paperback).
    In AD 64 the family are making their way to a new home in Noricum farm. Along the way, they stop at a baths near modern Vienna, but their rest is interrupted by the horrible murder of a young girl, which frays the relationships between locals, Romans and Germans. Tiberius is asked by city authorities to investigate. One concern is the possible existence of a supposedly unknown fourth part of "Ars Amatoria" by Ovid. Fourth in the series. [not yet rated]

  4. Rammsporn: Tiberius Caesianus und die Geistergaleere
    (Self-published: Linz, 2012 paperback).
    In AD 64 the family are making their way to a new home in Noricum farm. Rumors of a ghost put the Danube border troops in unrest. Tiberius investigates to discover the nature of the real threat. Fifth in the series. [not yet rated]

Germund Mielke

  1. Die verflixten Fälle aus Pompeji: Rätsel-Krimi aus dem römischen Pompeji
    (Gaggenau: Metz, 1999).
    In about 50 AD, Julia and Marcus, help their uncle, an aedile of Pompeii, try to cope with all sorts of misdemeanors: fraud, intimidated theater people, drugged gladiators, tapped aqueducts, etc. Juvenile. First in the series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  2. Die verflixten Fälle aus Rom
    (Gaggenau: Metz, 2000).
    Marcus and his sister Julia investigate fortune-tellers and the false prophecies they use to inveigle rich Romans. Juvenile. Second in the series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  3. Die verflixten Fälle aus Ägypten
    (Gaggenau: Metz, 2001).
    After the end of his term, the uncle of Julia and Marcus accompanies the emperor on a journey to Egypt where the former investigates a number of cases including a falsified will, a stolen invention, theft on the Nile, graverobbing in the Valley of the Kings and fraudulent temple-construction. Juvenile. Third in the series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  4. Die verflixten Fälle aus Griechenland
    (Gaggenau: Metz, 2002).
    The uncle goes to take a cure at Epidaurus, planning a route so as to educate his niece and nephew on classical Greece. Inevitably criminal cases crop up including an attempted assassination in Delphi, ship fraud in Syracuse and the theft of construction secrets in Athens. Other cases arise in Olympia, Corinth and Croton. Juvenile. Fourth in the series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  5. Die verflixten Fälle aus Gallien und Germanien
    (Gaggenau: Metz, 2004).
    Julia and Marcus accompany their uncle to Gaul, Helvetia and Germania (Cologne, Trier). Juvenile. Fifth in the series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

Danila Comastri Montanari

  • Der Fluch des Orakels
    (Goldmann, 2003), originally published in Italian as Cave Canem
    In a villa on Lake Avernus, the mystic door to hell, three male members of Plautia family suddenly die according to the rhymes of a mysterious prophecy. However, Aurelius is an Epicurean and doesn't believe in miracles or prophecies. The inquiry is complicated by the presence of many dangerous women: Plautilla, an old senator's lover; Helene, a beautiful widow; her young daughter Nevia; the aristocratic matrona Paolina, etc... Third in the series. [AMAZON.DE]

  • Tod eines Gladiators
    (Goldmann, 2003), originally published in Italian as Morituri Te Salutant
    When a famous gladiator is killed, Aurelius is required by the Emperor Claudius to investigate. Delving into the violent world of the arena, step by step, he discovers that the murder hides a dangerous conspiracy threatening the life of the emperor ... Fourth in the series. [not available for review] [full plot summary] [AMAZON.DE]

  • Tod in Olympia
    (Goldmann, 2005), originally published in Italian as Olympia
    Aurelius is drawn into investigation of a crime occurring just before the Olympic games. A chariot race reminiscent of Ben-Hur is involved. Twelfth in the series. [AMAZON.DE]
Jean-Pierre Nèraudau Siegfried Obermeier Maria W. Peter
  • Fortunas Rache
    (Bergisch Gladbach: BLT, 2007). In third century Trier, a slave must prove her innocence in the face of an accusation of having helped another slave to escape. [English title would be Fortuna's Revenge.] [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  • Die Legion des Raben
    (Bergisch Gladbach: BLT, 2008). A senior official has been assassinated. Suspicion falls on his slave, Hyacinthus, and according to Roman law all of the slaves fall under suspicion. The young slave Invita investigates, running into a conspiracy that threaten all of Trier. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]
Cay Rademacher John Maddox Roberts
  1. SPQR
    (München: Goldmann, 1992; München: Goldmann, paperback, 1993; München: Goldmann, large text, 1993; München: Goldmann, paperback, 1996).
    Commissioner Decius Caecilius Metellus the Younger's investigation of the murder of a spy for Mithridates draws him into the dangerous world of international power politics during the consulships of Pompey and Crassus. Cicero and Julius Caesar appear. First in the series. [★★] Originally published in English as SPQR.

  2. Catilina-Verschwörung, Die
    (München, Goldmann, 1993).
    Quaestor Decius Caecilius Metellus uncovers romance and intrigue while investigating a series of murders of wealthy merchants. Crassus and Cicero appear. Second in the series. [★★] Originally published in English as The Catiline Conspiracy.

  3. Frevel des Clodius, Der
    (München: Goldmann, 1993), Senator Decius Caecilius Metellus' investigation of Clodius' invasion of a matronly gathering almost gets him killed. Cicero, Caesar and Crassus appear. Third in the series. [★★+] Originally published in English as Sacrilege. [AMAZON.DE]

  4. Musentempel, Der
    (München: Goldmann, 1993),
    Junior Senator Decius joins a Roman diplomatic mission to Alexandria to escape his enemies in the Eternal City. But the suspicious death of an irascible philosopher distracts the sleuth from his enjoyment of the exotic outpost's many pleasures. Fourth in the series. [★★] Originally published in English as The Temple of the Muses.

  5. Tödliche Saturnalien
    (München: Goldmann, 1994). Junior Senator Decius is recalled to Rome during the annual Saturnalia festivities to investigate the mysterious death of Metellus Celer. Decius must delve into the world of soothsayers and poisoners to discover whether his widow, the infamous Clodia, was involved. Cicero, Julius Caesar, Crassus, Clodius, Clodia, Milo, Julia, Fausta, Fulvia and other notables also appear in this longer, talkier outing. Fifth in the series. English title: Saturnalia [★★]

  6. Tod eines Centurio
    (München: Goldmann, 1995; 2007). Out of favor with the powers that be, Decius joins Caesar's legionary camp at Lake Geneva at the outset of the Gallic war. After page 100 he investigates the murder of a centurion while being distracted by a dwarf and a ravishing German slave girl. If he doesn't find the killer, an 8-man squad will be executed. There is much to learn here about life in an army camp as well as about ancient Gallic and Germanic culture. The mythical story of the battle between the tiger and the bull is also recounted, though instead of the usual ending in which the bull cannot catch up to the tiger and the tiger cannot do significant damage to the bull, the tiger wins. Caesar, Labienus and another, surprise famous name appear. Sixth in the series. Published in English as SPQR VI: Nobody Loves a Centurion [★★★]

  7. Fluch des Volkstribuns, Der
    (München: Goldmann, 1996).
    Back in Rome, Decius is on his way up the cursus honorum, standing for the post of aedile. Meanwhile his reputation for solving crimes has saddled him with the job of solving the murder of a tribune. Seventh in the series. Also published in English as SPQR VI: Tribune's Curse. [★★★]

  8. Rache der Flußgötter, Die: ein Krimi aus den alten Rom
    (München: Goldmann, 1997). When over two hundred lives are lost in a building collapse, aedile Decius notices anomalies with some of the corpses and begins to investigate. Eighth in the series. Also published in English as SPQR VIII: The River God's Vengeance. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]

  9. Die Schiffe der Kleopatra
    (München: Goldmann, 1999). Decius is assigned to help with Rome's desire to clear the Mediterranean of pirates. At Cyprus they meet a young Cleopatra, but when the island's governor is murdered, it's Decius duty to punish the guilty party. Gabinius appears. Ninth in the series. Published in English as The Princess and the Pirates. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]

  10. In Namen Caesars
    (München: Goldmann, 2000, 2009, hardcover; paperback). Decius stands for election as praetor. When someone charges him with corruption, the accuser gets murdered before he can appear before the court. Decius becomes the main suspect and has trouble proving his innocence. Tenth in the series. English title is A Point of Law. [★★★]

  11. Mord am Vesuv
    (München: Goldmann, 2001). Decius Caecilius has been selected as praetor peregrinus, responsible for foreigners all over Italia. His visit to the coast at Baiae is intended to be a luxurious holiday, but as usual he stumbles into some mysterious murders.i, including the daughter of a Greek priest, her handmaiden a Nubian slave dealer and a wealthy Roman matron. Venue is similar to that of Steven Saylor's Arms of Nemesis. Eleventh in the series. English title is Under Vesuvius. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]

  12. Das Orakel des Todes
    (München: Goldmann, 2005).
    In 49 BC Decius takes a pleasure trip to the oracle at Baiae near Naples (for other tales with this setting see Arms of Nemesis and Die Pforten des Hades), but comes upon some macabre surprises. Meanwhile, Julius Caesar ponders his famous crossing of the Rubicon. Twelfth in the series. English title is Oracle of the Dead. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]

  13. Die Feinde des Imperators
    (München: Goldmann, 2009). Confusion ensues when Pontifex Maximus Julius Caesar re-synchronizes the Roman calendar to the seasons. The storyline jumps right over the civil and Alexandrine wars straight to the last months of the dictatorship, a period covered by many other novels as well. Thirteenth in the series. English title is The Year of Confusion. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  14. Dolabella
    (München: Goldmann, forthcoming ?). Presumably stars the senator and consul. Fourteenth in the series. [not yet rated]

Stéphanie de La Rochefoucauld

  • Das Geheimnis von Pompeji
    (Germany: Koehler & Amelang, 2002 hardcover).
    The famous painter Labius leaves Rome for Pompeii in 64 AD, fifteen years before the famous eruption, with the goal of painting some frescoes for a famous r esident. In the process he gets to know the beautiful Romula Popidia, until murder erupts. Originally published in French as Le mystère de Pompéi. [not yet rated]
Rolf D. Sabel
  1. Agrippinas Geheimnis
    (Wuppertal: Brockhaus, 2003, hardcover).
    In 54 AD the Tribune Marcus Valerius Aviola receives a special commission from the Emperor Claudius to investigate a mysterious murder in Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (modern Cologne). Early Christianity, slaves and Teutons all play a part. First in the series. [not yet rated]

  2. Agrippinas Tod
    (Wuppertal: Brockhaus, 2004, hardcover).
    In 58 AD, a series of mysterious murders befall Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium and so Nero summons Marcus Valerius Aviola to Rome to give an account. Second in the series. [not yet rated]

Beate Sauer

  1. Der Geschmack der Tollkirsche
    (Deutschland: Grafit, 2007). In Germania, during the reign of Domitian, a cook named Arria has been charged with poisoning a guest and thus has real motivation to discover the actual murderer. [English title would be Taste of the deadly nightshade.] [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

Steven Saylor

  1. Lächeln des Cicero, Das: ein Kriminalroman aus dem alten Rom
    (München: Blanvalet Verlag, 1993; München: Goldmann paperback, 1995 - subtitle of paperback re-issue is ein Kriminalroman aus dem alten Rom) originally published in English as Roman Blood.

  2. Pforten des Hades, Die
    (München: Goldmann, 1995), originally published in English as Arms of Nemesis.

  3. Rätsel des Catilinas, Das
    (München: Goldmann, 1996), originally published in English as Catilina's Riddle. [AMAZON.DE]

  4. Mord auf der Via Appia: ein Krimi aus dem alten Rom (München: Goldmann, 1998), originally published in English as A Murder on the Appian Way. [AMAZON.DE]

  5. Römischer Lorbeer (München: Goldmann, 1997), originally published in English as The Venus Throw.

Andrea Schacht

  • Rheines Gold
    (München: Blanvalet, 2005). In Roman-occupied Cologne of 101 AD a female detective – the widowed manager of the baths – is on the trail of illegal gold trade and the murder of her husband. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]
Hans Dieter Stöver
  1. Mord auf der Via Appia
    (München: Knaur, 1982). The military tribune C. Volcatius Tullus, at home on sick leave, is confronted with a kidnapping, which involves Cilician pirates, high circles of the Roman society and the notorious Clodius. First in the Volcatius series. [★★]

  2. Frau des Senators, Die
    (München: Knaur, 1982). Volcatius serves as tribune in Julius Caesar's army during the revolt of Vercingetorix and has to make sense of a murder which involves the Gallic chieftain. Second in the Volcatius series. [★★]

  3. Ich klage an
    (München: Knaur, 1982). Volcatius investigates the eviction of a peasant from his farm near Rome. Third in the Volcatius series. [★+]

  4. Skandal um Nausikaa
    (München: Knaur, 1983). This case leads Volcatius into the theatrical world of Rome. Appearances by Pompey and Cicero. Fourth in the Volcatius series. [★]

  5. Alexander und die Gladiatoren
    (München: Knaur, 1983). Volcatius gives a gladiatorial show to secure his election to aedile. His freedman Alexander stumbles across criminal deeds. Fifth in the Volcatius series. [★]

  6. Attentat in Pompeii
    (München: Knaur, 1984). Volcatius needs to look after family matters in Pompeii, which turn out deadly. Sixth in the Volcatius series. [★]

  7. Verrat des Ambiorix, Der
    (München: Knaur, 1984). On the orders of Julius Caesar, Volcatius has to find the whereabouts of the fled Ambiorix who led a revolt against the Romans. The course of his search takes him across the Rhine into unconquered Germany. Seventh in the Volcatius series. [★]

  8. Rebellion im Circus Maximus
    (München: Knaur, 1985). Aedile Volcatius investigates evildoings connected with horseracing. Eighth in the Volcatius series. [★]

  9. Tod auf dem Forum
    (München: Knaur, 1985). Counterfeit coins are turning up in Rome, and Volcatius has to find out who's responsible. Ninth in the Volcatius series. [★]

  10. Tödliche Dosis
    (München:Knaur, 1986). A rich Roman is poisoned, and Volcatius' family doctor begs for his help with the matter. Tenth in the Volcatius series. []

  1. Quintus geht nach Rom
    (München: dtv, 1987). 15-year old Quintus moves to Rome with his family. Together with a new-found friend, he uncovers a racket involving counterfeit tokens for the grain dole. This is not a part of the older 10-novel series by Stöver, but the first in a series set in the same period
    (Rome about 50 BC). The hero is a young boy. First in the Quintus series. Juvenile. [★] [AMAZON.DE 1996] [AMAZON.DE CD's] [AMAZON.DE Cassetten]

  2. Quintus in Gefahr
    (München: dtv, 1991). Second in the Quintus series. Juvenile. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  3. Quintus setzt sich durch
    (München: dtv, 1993). Quintus travels to Alexandria to acquire an old manuscript. Third in the Quintus series. Juvenile. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  1. Mord nach der Vorstellung: ein Fall für Tillia Capriola
    (Stuttgart: Thienemann, 1998). Apparently a detective case with a new protagonist: Tillia Capriola, a wealthy Roman woman, who witnesses a murder at Pompey's theater in Rome. Set in Rome of 74 AD. First in the Tillia Capriola series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

  2. Mörderisches Rennen. Ein Fall für Tillia Capriola.
    (Stuttgart, Wien, Bern: Weitbrecht, 1999). Stolen racehorses and their murdered groom is the topic, sounding reminiscent of his Rebellion im Circus Maximus. Second in the Tillia Capriola series. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

Franjo Terhart

  1. Das Geheimnis der Amphore
    (Munich: dtv, 2006). In the days of Julius Caesar, the children Cornelia, Titus, Gaius and Publius discover a mysterious message written by a man about to be killed, and investigate in a case of robbed jewels. Seems a bit formulaic with too many unnecessary historical inaccuracies. Juvenile. First in the series. [AMAZON.DE]

  2. Der Sohn des Gladiators
    (Munich: dtv, 2007). The four children must prevent the theft of the Celtic gold brought to Rome with Vercingetorix. Juvenile. Second in the series. [AMAZON.DE]

Marilyn Todd

Philipp Vandenberg
  • Pompejaner, Der
    (Bergisch Gladbach: Gustav Lübbe, 1986). A former slave escaped from Pompeii manages to acquire great fortunes, but is haunted by a mysterious series of murders. Set in the reigns from Nero to Titus. [★+] [AMAZON.DE]
Henry Winterfeld
  1. Caius ist ein Dummkopf: Eine lustige und spannende Detektivgeschichte für Kinder
    (Berlin: Blanvalet Verlag, 1953). Seven Roman boys arrive at school only to find their teacher bound and handcuffed. Worse, one of their own is implicated in blatant defacement of a Temple to Minerva. What can seven boys do about it? Plenty! Illustrated by Charlotte Kleinert. First in the series. Juvenile. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]

  2. Caius geht ein Licht auf: Ein neues Abenteuer des römischen Schuljungen aus Caius ist ein Dummkopf
    (Berlin: Blanvalet Verlag, 1969). When seven Roman boys attempt to return a slave purchased as a gift for their tutor, they learn of a coded message and uncover a plot which threatens the Empire itself. Delightfully illustrated by Fritz Biermann. Second in the series. Juvenile. [★★★] [AMAZON.DE]

  3. Caius in der Klemme
    (München: Blanvalet Verlag, 1976). Caius is condemned to death for breaking into the imperial palace. His friends attempt to liberate him. Third in the series. Juvenile. [not yet rated] [AMAZON.DE]

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