Thanks. One of my all time favorites is Taylor Caldwell's A Pillar of Iron. Her research was extensive, using actual correspondence between Cicero and Julius Caesar and his (Cicero's) publisher, Atticus......and writings of Cicero for her dialogue. Robert Harris's Imperium and Conspirata are also fictional takes on Cicero...they are the first two of a supposed trilogy. Its' been 4 years since Conspirata, so I'm no longer holding my breath for the third. grrrr Not directly Roman, but connected would be Pride of Carthage: A novel of Hannibal by David Anthony Durham. and Augustus by Anthony Everitt. Non-fiction, a trifle dry, but really well done, and fascinating. There is a detective series placed in that time frame by Steven Saylor......I've only read a few, but enjoyed them, mostly.