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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Title Tag: Genre: Historical Novel: Classical

Description: The following novels are set in Classical Greece or Rome, roughly 500 BCE to 500 CE.

  1. George Croly.  Salathiel: A Story of the Past, the Present, and the Future.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1828.
  2. Edward Bulwer Lytton.  The Last Days of Pompeii.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1834.
  3. George John Bennett.  The Empress: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Smith, Elder, 1835.
  4. Walter Savage Landor.  Pericles and Aspasia.  2 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1836.
  5. G. P. R. James.  Attila: A Romance.  3 vol.  London: Longman, 1837.
  6. Anonymous.  Piso and the Praefect: or, The Ancients off their Stilts.  3 vol.  London: Smith, Elder, 1837.
  7. William Mullinger Higgins.  Aristomenes: A Grecian Tale.  2 vol.  London: Robert Tyas, 1838.
  8. William Ware.  The Last Days of Aurelian: or, The Nazarenes of Rome. A Romance.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1838.
  9. William Ware.  Letters from Palmyra: By Lucius Manlius Piso, to his Friend Marcus Curtius, at Rome, now first Translated.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1838.
  10. Anonymous.  The Roman Lovers: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Edward Bull, 1839.
  11. Martha Macdonald Lamont.  The Gladiator: A Tale of the Roman Empire.  1 vol.  London: Ball and Co., 1840.
  12. Annie Tinsley.  The Priest of the Nile: A Tale of Ancient Egypt.  2 vol.  London: Whittaker, 1841.
  13. Annie Webb.  Naomi: or, The Last Days of Jerusalem.  1 vol.  London: Harvey and Darton, 1841.
  14. Agnes Strickland.  Alda, the British Captive.  1 vol.  London: Joseph Rickerby, 1841.
  15. Henry Godwin.  Stonehenge: or, The Romans in Britain. A Romance of the Days of Nero.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1842.
  16. William Ware.  Julian: or, Scenes in Judea.  1 vol.  London: John Green, 1842.
  17. Celia Moss Levetus.  Tales of Jewish History.  3 vol.  London: Miller and Field, 1843.
  18. Anonymous.  Sylvanus: or, The Primitive Christian. A Tale of the First Century of the Christian Era.  1 vol.  London: Longman, 1844.
  19. Henry William Herbert.  The Roman Traitor: A True Tale of the Republic.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1846.
  20. Eliza Lynn Linton.  Azeth, the Egyptian: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1846.
  21. Caroline Frances Cornwallis.  Pericles: A Tale of Athens in the 83rd Olympiad.  2 vol.  London: Longman, 1846.
  22. Richard Cobbold.  Zenon the Martyr: A Record of the piety. . . of the Early Christian Nobles.  3 vol.  London: Henry Colburn, 1847.
  23. Eliza Lynn Linton.  Amymone: A Romance of the Days of Pericles.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1848.
  24. Edward Aldam Leatham.  Charmione: A Tale of the Great Athenian Revolution.  2 vol.  London: Bradbury and Evans, 1848.
  25. Annie Webb.  Julamerk: A Tale of the Nestorians.  3 vol.  London: R. Yorke Clarke, 1849.
  26. Wilkie Collins.  Antonina: or, The Fall of Rome. A Romance of the Fifth Century.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1850.
  27. Annie Webb.  The Martyrs of Carthage: A Tale of Times of Old.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1850.
  28. Charles Rowcroft.  Evadne: or, An Empire in its Fall.  3 vol.  London: T. and W. Boone, 1850.
  29. Anonymous.  The Ancient Britons: A Tale of Primeval Life.  1 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1851.
  30. Charles Kingsley.  Hypatia: or, New Foes with an Old Face.  2 vol.  London: John W. Parker, 1853.
  31. Nicholas Patrick Stephen Wiseman.  Fabiola: or, The Church of the Catacombs.  1 vol.  London: James Burns, 1854.
  32. John Mason Neale.  The Egyptian Wanderers: A Story for Children, of the Great Tenth Persecution.  1 vol.  London: Joseph Masters, 1854.
  33. Morgan Peter Kavanagh.  Aristobulus, the Last of the Maccabees: A Tale of Jerusalem.  3 vol.  London: T. C. Newby, 1855.
  34. Capt. Edmund Spencer.  Constantine: or, The Last Days of an Empire. An Historical Romance.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1855.
  35. John Henry Newman.  Callista: A Sketch of the Third Century.  1 vol.  London: James Burns, 1856.
  36. Elizabeth Rundle Charles.  The Cripple of Antioch and Other Scenes from Christian Life in Early Times.  1 vol.  London: James Nisbet, 1856.
  37. Jane Margaret Strickland.  Adonijah: A Tale of the Jewish Dispersion.  1 vol.  London: Simpkin, 1856.
  38. John Mason Neale.  The Farm of Aptonga: A Story for Children of the Times of S. Cyprian.  1 vol.  Burntisland: Pitsligo Press, 1856.
  39. Joseph Holt Ingraham.  The Prince of the House of David: or, Three Years in the Holy City.  1 vol.  London: Arthur Hall, 1859.
  40. John Mason Neale.  The Exiles of the Cebenna: A Journal Written during the Decian Persecution, by Aurelius Gratianus, Priest of the Church of Arles; and Now done into English.  1 vol.  London: J. H. and J. Parker, 1859.
  41. John Mason Neale.  Lucia's Marriage: or, The Lions of Wady-Araba. A Story of the Idumaean Desert.  1 vol.  London: J. H. and J. Parker, 1860.
  42. John Mason Neale.  The Quay of the Dioscuri: A History of Nicene Times; Written in Greek, by Macrius, Merchant of Tunnies and Palamydes; and now Translated from two Alexandrian Manuscripts.  1 vol.  London: J. H. and J. Parker, 1860.
  43. James Carnegie.  Herminius: A Romance.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1862.
  44. Edward A. Monro.  Claudian: A Tale of the Second Century. Part I.  1 vol.  London: Joseph Masters, 1862.
  45. George John Whyte-Melville.  The Gladiators: A Tale of Rome and Judaea.  3 vol.  London: Longman, 1863.
  46. Eliza Fanny Pollard.  Avice: or, Page from the History of Imperial Rome.  1 vol.  London: Joseph Masters, 1864.
  47. Miles Gerald Keon.  Dion and the Sibyls: A Romance of the First Century.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1866.
  48. Rev. John H. Hamilton.  Philo: A Romance of Life in the First Century.  3 vol.  London: Saunders and Otley, 1867.
  49. Annie Webb.  Pomponia: or, The Gospel in Caesar's Household.  1 vol.  London: R. T. S., 1867.
  50. BTAO "Olive the Teacher".  Gisa, the Forest Maiden: A Story of the Third Century.  1 vol.  London: S. P. C. K., 1868.
  51. Anonymous.  Helena's Household: A Tale of Rome in the First Century.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1868.
  52. Johann Christoph von Schmid.  The Christian Warrior: A Tale.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Hislop and Company, 1869.
  53. Sir Edward Shepherd Creasy.  The Old Love and the New: A Tale of Athens.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1870.
  54. E. L. M..  Stars in a Stormy Night: or, Light from the Catacombs. A Story of the Early Christians in Rome.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1870.
  55. Elizabeth Rundle Charles.  The Victory of the Vanquished: A Tale of the First Century.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1871.
  56. Augustine David Crake.  Aemilius: A Tale of the Decian and Valerian Persecutions.  1 vol.  London: A. R. Mowbray, 1871.
  57. Ellen Palmer.  The Standard Bearer: A Story of the Fourth Century.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: W. P. Nimmo, 1871.
  58. Augustine David Crake.  Evanus: A Tale of the Days of Constantine.  1 vol.  London: A. R. Mowbray, 1872.
  59. Ellen Palmer.  Nonna: A Story of the Days of Julian the Apostate.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: W. P. Nimmo, 1872.
  60. Henry Sneyd.  Cyllene: or, The Fall of Paganism. A Classical Tale.  2 vol.  London: Longman, 1873.
  61. Gustav Freytag.  Our Forefathers: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Asher, 1873.
  62. Emma Leslie.  The Captives.  1 vol.  London: Sunday School Union, 1873.
  63. Emma Leslie.  Glaucia, the Greek Slave.  1 vol.  London: R. T. S., 1874.
  64. Emma Leslie.  Hilda: or, The Golden Age.  1 vol.  London: R. T. S., 1874.
  65. Thomas Wimberley Mossman.  Epiphanius: The History of his Childhood and Youth told by Himself. A Tale of the Early Church.  1 vol.  London: J. T. Hayes, 1874.
  66. Augustine David Crake.  The Camp on the Severn: A Tale of the Tenth Persecution in Britain.  1 vol.  London: A. R. Mowbray, 1875.
  67. Emma Leslie.  Out of the Mouth of the Lion: or, The Church in the Catacombs.  1 vol.  London: R. T. S., 1875.
  68. Elizabeth Rundle Charles.  Conquering and to Conquer: A Story of Rome in the Days of St. Jerome.  1 vol.  London: Daldy, Isbister, 1876.
  69. Elizabeth Rundle Charles.  Lapsed but not Lost: A Story of Roman Carthage.  1 vol.  London: Daldy, Isbister, 1877.
  70. William Henry Giles Kingston.  Jovinian: or, The Early Days of Papal Rome. A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1877.
  71. Felix Dahn.  A Struggle for Rome.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1878.
  72. Edwin Abbott Abbott.  Philochristus: Memoirs of a Disciple of the Lord.  1 vol.  London: Macmillan, 1878.
  73. Georg Moritz Ebers.  Homo Sum: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1878.
  74. Sir Henry Pottinger.  Blue and Green: or, The Gift of God. A Romance of Old Constantinople.  3 vol.  London: Chapman and Hall, 1879.
  75. Lawrence Goodchild.  The Lamiae: A Tale of the Roman Conquest.  1 vol.  Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Daily Journal Office, 1879.
  76. Georg Moritz Ebers.  The Sisters: A Romance.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1880.
  77. Eliza Hunt.  The Wards of Plotinus.  3 vol.  London: Alexander Strahan, 1881.
  78. Lewis Wallace.  Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.  1 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1881.
  79. Edwin Abbott Abbott.  Onesimus: Memoirs of a Disciple of St. Paul.  1 vol.  London: Macmillan, 1882.
  80. Emily Sarah Holt.  The Way of the Cross and Other Tales.  1 vol.  London: J. F. Shaw, 1883.
  81. Walter Pater.  Marius the Epicurean: His Sensations and Ideas.  2 vol.  London: Macmillan, 1885.
  82. John W. Graham.  Neaera: A Tale of Ancient Rome.  2 vol.  London: Macmillan, 1886.
  83. Alfred John Church.  Two Thousand Years Ago: or, The Adventures of a Roman Boy.  1 vol.  London: Blackie, 1886.
  84. John Bradshaw.  Raphael Ben Isaac: A Tale of 20 A.D..  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1887.
  85. Alfred John Church.  The Count of the Saxon Shore: or, The Villa in Vectis. A Tale of the Departure of the Romans from Britain.  1 vol.  London: Seeley, 1887.
  86. George Alfred Henty.  The Young Carthaginian: or, A Struggle for Empire.  1 vol.  London: Blackie, 1887.
  87. David Christie Murray.  One Traveller Returns.  1 vol.  London: Chatto and Windus, 1887.
  88. Emily Sarah Holt.  The Slave Girl of Pompeii: or, By the Way They Knew Not. A Tale of the First Century.  1 vol.  London: J. F. Shaw, 1887.
  89. Sir Benjamin Ward Richardson.  The Son of a Star: A Romance of the Second Century.  3 vol.  London: Longman, 1888.
  90. Joseph Shield Nicholson.  Thoth: A Romance.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1888.
  91. Mary A. M. Hoppus.  Masters of the World.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1888.
  92. George Alfred Henty.  For the Temple: A Tale of the Fall of Jerusalem.  1 vol.  London: Blackie, 1888.
  93. Emma Leslie.  Breaking the Fetters: or, The Last of the Galley-Slaves.  1 vol.  London: R. T. S., 1888.
  94. Alfred John Church.  To the Lions: A Tale of the Early Christians.  1 vol.  London: Seeley, 1889.
  95. Alfred John Church.  Three Greek Children: A Story of Home in Old Times.  1 vol.  London: Seeley, 1889.
  96. H. Rider Haggard.  Cleopatra: Being an Account of the Fall and Vengeance of Harmachis, the Royal Egyptian.  1 vol.  London: Longman, 1889.
  97. William Morris.  A Tale of the House of the Wolflings and All the Kindred of the Mark.  1 vol.  London: Reeves and Turner, 1889.
  98. Hugh Farrie.  Acte: A Novel.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1890.
  99. Alfred John Church.  A Young Macedonian in the Army of Alexander the Great.  1 vol.  London: Seeley, 1890.
  100. Alfred John Church.  The Hammer: A Story of the Maccabean Times.  1 vol.  London: Seeley, 1890.
  101. Joseph Shield Nicholson.  Toxar: A Romance.  1 vol.  London: Longman, 1890.
  102. William Morris.  The Roots of the Mountains: Wherein is Told Somewhat of the Lives of the Men of Burgdale.  1 vol.  London: Reeves and Turner, 1890.
  103. Frederic William Farrar.  Darkness and Dawn: or, Scenes in the Days of Nero. An Historical Tale.  2 vol.  London: Longman, 1891.
  104. Alfred John Church.  The Burning of Rome: A Story of Nero's Days.  1 vol.  London: Seeley, 1892.
  105. Georg Moritz Ebers.  Per Aspera: A Thorny Path.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1892.
  106. Marie Corelli.  Barabbas: A Dream of the World's Tragedy.  3 vol.  London: Methuen, 1893.
  107. Alfred Clark.  Woe to the Conquered, B.C. 73-71.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1893.
  108. George Alfred Henty.  Beric the Briton: A Story of the Roman Invasion.  1 vol.  London: Blackie, 1893.
  109. Georg Moritz Ebers.  Cleopatra: A Romance.  2 vol.  London: Sampson Low, 1894.
  110. Frederic William Farrar.  Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysosom.  2 vol.  London: Longman, 1895.
  111. Alfred John Church.  The Fall of Athens: A Story of the Peloponnesian War.  1 vol.  London: Seeley, 1895.
  112. Joseph Jacobs.  As Others Saw Him: A Retrospect, A. D. 54.  1 vol.  London: William Heinemann, 1895.
  113. Sir Herbert Eustace Maxwell.  A Duke of Britain: A Romance of the Fourth Century.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1895.
  114. Kenneth Grahame.  The Golden Age.  1 vol.  London: John Lane, 1895.
  115. Florence Morse Kingsley.  Titus: A Comrade of the Cross. A Tale of the Christ.  1 vol.  London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1895.
  116. Emma Leslie.  Sowing Beside all Waters: A Tale of the Early Church.  1 vol.  London: R. T. S., 1895.
  117. Henryk Sienkiewicz.  "Quo Vadis": A Narrative of the Time of Nero.  1 vol.  London: J. M. Dent, 1896.
  118. C. M. Home.  Claudius: A Sketch from the First Century.  1 vol.  London: Catholic Truth Society, 1896.
  119. Florence Morse Kingsley.  Stephen, A Soldier of the Cross.  1 vol.  London: Sunday School Union, 1896.
  120. Sabine Baring-Gould.  Perpetua: A Story of Nimes in A.D. 213.  1 vol.  London: William Isbister, 1897.
  121. Sabine Baring-Gould.  Domitia.  1 vol.  London: Methuen, 1898.
  122. Alfred John Church.  Lords of the World: A Story of the Fall of Carthage and Corinth.  1 vol.  London: Blackie, 1898.
  123. Annie Louise Gee.  The Victory that Overcometh: A Story of the Days of Constantine.  1 vol.  London: S. P. C. K., 1898.
  124. Florence Morse Kingsley.  Paul, a Herald of the Cross.  1 vol.  London: Ward and Lock, 1899.
  125. Mary Nicholls Daubeney White.  She Stands Alone: The Story of Pilate's Wife.  1 vol.  London: Hutchinson, 1900.
  126. Florence Morse Kingsley.  The Cross Triumphant.  1 vol.  London: Ward and Lock, 1900.
  127. M. E. Ames.  Abra of Poictiers: A Story of the Days of S. Hilary.  1 vol.  London: James Nisbet, 1900.
  128. William Stearns Davis.  A Friend of Caesar: A Tale of the Fall of the Roman Republic.  1 vol.  London: Macmillan, 1900.
  129. Richard Short.  Saronia: A Romance of Ancient Ephesus.  1 vol.  London: Elliot Stock, 1900.
  130. Duffield Osborne.  The Lion's Brood: A Romance.  1 vol.  London: William Heinemann, 1901.
  131. James Meeker Ludlow.  Deborah: A Tale of the Times of Judas Maccabaeus.  1 vol.  London: James Nisbet, 1901.
  132. Walter Copland Perry.  Sancta Paula: A Romance of the Fourth Century A.D..  1 vol.  London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1902.