"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"1987. Gary Jennings-esque tale of a spurned prince¬ís adventures in Biblical-era Assyria (ie 7th Century BCE). Thankfully, no Judeo-Christian glurge; it¬ís rife with Assyrian religion, graphic violence, and sex."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."