More Swords, Sandals,  Sex, and Sin: Good & Trashy Historical Fiction

A Listmania! list by Joe Kenney "buttergun" (Dallas, TX)
The list author says: "More trashy fiction set in the ancient world. Trashy in a good way, of course!

Please see Part 1 of this list for earlier, more vintage publications."
Cleopatra's Daughter
1.  Cleopatra's Daughter by Andrea Ashton
The list author says:
  "1979.  Epic-length historical romance about Cleopatra's daughter, with all sorts of toga, chiton, and bodice-ripping."
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Calgaich the Swordsman
2.  Calgaich the Swordsman by Gordon D. Shirreffs
The list author says:
  "1980. British slave becomes famous gladiator in 5th Century CE, during the twilight years of the Roman Empire.  Published by Playboy; accordingly sex-filled."
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The Emperor's Virgin
3.  The Emperor's Virgin by Sylvia Fraser
The list author says:
  "1980.  Sex-filled romp ("kinky sex of all types," in fact!) about Emperor Vespasian, his wife, and a Vestal Virgin.  Really enjoyed this one."
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Voyager in Bondage
4.  Voyager in Bondage by Simon Finch
The list author says:
  "1981. Atrocious final volume of the Voyager trilogy (see Part 1 of this list for the previous two volumes).  Never published in the US.  See my review for a thorough skewering."
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The Quest of Ben Hur
5.  The Quest of Ben Hur 
The list author says:
  "1981. A definite obscurity.  Sequel to the 1959 Charlton Heston epic "Ben Hur," penned by one of the film's screenwriters.  Ben Hur wages a "secret war" against the pagans and poses as a Roman centurion.  He heads to Brittania, where he has encounters with various pagan priestesses."
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Empress of Desir 1
6.  Empress of Desir 1 by Jack Mertes
The list author says:
  "1982. Could almost be a sequel to Oleck's "Messalina" (see Part 1 of this list) in that this is the story of Poppaea Sabina, the last wife of Nero, and how she extracts vengeance -- vengeance which was sired when Messalina had Poppaea's mother killed."
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Morituri
7.  Morituri by Barry Sadler
The list author says:
  "1982. Epic tale by the author of the "Casca" series, about a slave who becomes a famous gladiator in Tiberius-era Rome."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Vox pop: Last days of the Roman Republic
8.  Vox pop: Last days of the Roman Republic by John Arden
The list author says:
  "1982. Published in the UK as "Silence Among the Weapons."  Picaresque with an actor named Ivory finding himself involved in intrigue and violence in Sulla-era Republican Rome."
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Trax
9.  Trax by R. L. S. Hawke
The list author says:
  "1982. Hack-and-slash gladiator tale with absolutely no redeeming features...as if it needed any!  I mean, the main character's name is Trax!!"
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Beloved
10.  Beloved by Bertrice Small
The list author says:
  "1983. Epic tale of Queen Zenobia and her war against the Roman Empire in the 3rd Century CE.  Small is a famous Romance author; appropriately, this novel has more sex than warfare."
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Neropolis: A Novel of Life in Nero's Rome
11.  Neropolis: A Novel of Life in Nero's Rome by Hubert Monteilhet
The list author says:
  "1984.  Bestselling French epic translated into English, published by Penguin, and promptly forgotten.  Nearly 800 pages long, it's a picaresque tale set in the era of Nero."
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The Kingdom of the Wicked
12.  The Kingdom of the Wicked by Anthony Burgess
The list author says:
  "1985. High literature meets superb trash as the early Church confronts Nero's Rome.  Gladiatorial combat, orgies, and a cynical modern tone -- the narration is like a bitchier version of Robert Grave's "I, Claudius."  Author John Crowley labelled this book as "glitterature" in the New York Times."
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The Shattered Horse
13.  The Shattered Horse by S.P. Somtow
The list author says:
  "1986.  Historical fantasy reworking of the Aeneid, with Hector's son Astyanax replacing Aeneas, walk-ons from most of the Olympian gods, rites and rituals straight out of Frazer's Golden Bough, and the mummy of Pharoah Akenhaton."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Assyrian
14.  Assyrian by Nicholas Guild
The list author says:
  "1987.  Gary Jennings-esque tale of a spurned prince’s adventures in Biblical-era Assyria (ie 7th Century BCE).  Thankfully, no Judeo-Christian glurge; it’s rife with Assyrian religion, graphic violence, and sex."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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The Blood Star
15.  The Blood Star by Nicholas Guild
The list author says:
  "1989.  Sequel to The Assyrian (above).  The hero/narrator of the previous novel finds himself chased by bounty hunters in a fight to the death.  Incredibly rare and expensive."
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The Acts of the Apostates (Contemporary English language fiction)
16.  The Acts of the Apostates (Contemporary English language fiction) by Geoffrey Farrington
The list author says:
  "1990. Unjustly forgotten novel published by those purveyors of fine decadence, Dedalus Books.  Writing in the style of Suetonius and Tacitus, a dream-interpreter in the final days of Nero recounts his story."
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Raptor
17.  Raptor by Gary Jennings
The list author says:
  "1992. Mammoth tale of a young hermaphrodite in the 6th Century CE, long after Christianity has destroyed the classical world.  Filled with graphic sex and disturbing violence, as hero Thorn makes his/her way across the Eastern Roman Empire."
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Caligula: Divine Carnage: Atrocities of the Roman Emperors
18.  Caligula: Divine Carnage: Atrocities of the Roman Emperors by Stephen Barber
The list author says:
  "2001. This is a novel in everything but name, though it's presented with less of a narrative drive.  No, it's just an XXX-rated, incredibly violent fantasy about the reigns of Caligula, Commodus, and Elagabalus, with a chapter on gladiators that would probably even make Daniel Mannix blush."
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Slave Girls of Rome
19.  Slave Girls of Rome by Don Julian Winslow
The list author says:
  "2001.  A fine modern-day return to the vintage historical sleaze of yore, only a bit more explicit.  Oiled-up gladiatrixes who fight in the nude, orgy upon orgy, and a hero who gets more action than Peter North."
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The Eye of Cybele
20.  The Eye of Cybele by Daniel Chavarría
The list author says:
  "2002.  The cult of Cybele is introduced to Socrates-era Athens.  Chavarria mixes philosophy and intrigue with lots of sex.  A good novel ruined by an awful cover."
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Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
21.  Rome: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Various
The list author says:
  "2005 - 2007. This fabulous HBO series is the closest thing you'll find to trashy historical fiction on film, Season 2 in particular.  Both seasons are included here, and the series looks splendid in high definition!"
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (490 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

The Passion of Mary Magdalen: A Novel (The Maeve Chronicles)
22.  The Passion of Mary Magdalen: A Novel (The Maeve Chronicles) by Elizabeth Cunningham
The list author says:
  "2006.  Sex and Mary Magdalen a Celtic firebrand and sex and sacred prostitution and sex and pagan ritualism and sex.  Praise Jesus!"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

Conspiracies of Rome (Aelric)
23.  Conspiracies of Rome (Aelric) by Richard Blake
The list author says:
  "2008.  Book 1 in a new UK-published trilogy with definite roots in the trash genre.  Set in the 7th Century CE as Antiquity was becoming the Dark Ages, our character (described as a new "Flashman") stumbles from one escapade to another."
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Den of Wolves: Empress of Rome Book 1
24.  Den of Wolves: Empress of Rome Book 1 by Luke Devenish
The list author says:
  "2008. A modern return to the genre; in fact, Devenish supplied the name for this list.  This is Book 1 of the Empress Of Rome trilogy; this installment starts off in the final days of the Republic.  Published in Australia, this is finally coming to the US."
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Gladiatrix
25.  Gladiatrix by Russell Whitfield
The list author says:
  "2008. Russell Whitfield keeps the toga porn torch burning with this tale of a gladiatrix in the eastern half of the Empire.  I haven't read it yet but it appears to deliver all of the graphic elements I demand in my trashy historical fiction."
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The Terror of Constantinople (Aelric)
26.  The Terror of Constantinople (Aelric) by Richard Blake
The list author says:
  "2009.  Book 2 in Richard Blake's UK-published trilogy set in 7th Century Byzantium.  More bawdy proto-Dark Ages fun."
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Nest of Vipers: Empress of Rome Book 2
27.  Nest of Vipers: Empress of Rome Book 2 by Luke Devenish
The list author says:
  "2010.  Book 2 in the Empress of Rome trilogy, a self-professed return to the trashy historical fiction of yesteryear.  Another Australian publication which will soon be released here in the US."
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