Roman fantasy, not Medieval fantasy!
July 5, 2011 8:56 AM Subscribe
Are there any genre fantasy books with a Roman setting?
posted by valkyryn to media & arts (26 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Most fantasy novels are set in some generic Middle-Ages European equivalent, with occasional references to other cultures from the roughly AD 500-1500 era. But whether it's J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Robert Jordan, or innumerable other pulp fantasy authors, we're looking at a lot of plate armor, knights, castles, landed aristocracy, etc. High fantasy, low fantasy, sword and sorcery, whatever. I'm looking for books that would generally fit in the borders of genre fantasy but set in an obvious analog to the Roman Republic/Empire instead of an obvious analog to medieval Britain, France, or Germany.
Some limitations: I'm not looking for historical fiction, i.e. books actually set in the Roman period. Also, an analog to the Roman pantheon is entirely optional, and indeed, a story whose analog to Rome is limited to the pantheon (e.g. Battlestar Galactica) isn't what I'm looking for either. Definitely not looking for speculative fiction and/or sci-fi (e.g. Foundation or other interplanetary empires modeled after Rome). Iron Age technology for the most part, please.
In short: are there fantasy books set in a time and place obviously inspired by the grandeur that was Rome without actually being set there?