SPQR is a series of historical fiction set in Ancient Rome by American novelist John Maddox Roberts. The books fall into the mystery/detective fiction genres as well. SPQR stands for “Senatus Populusque Romanus,” which means “The Senate and People of Rome.”

The SPQR series started in 1990 with The King’s Gambit, which was originally titled SPQR before the sequels were published. Since that time, John Maddox Roberts has published a total of 13 novels in the SPQR series. Below is the order in which the SPQR books were first released in:

Publication Order of SPQR Books


The King's Gambit(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Catiline Conspiracy(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sacrilege(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Temple of the Muses(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saturnalia(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nobody Loves A Centurion(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tribune's Curse(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The River God's Vengeance(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Princess and the Pirates(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Point of Law(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Under Vesuvius(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Oracle of the Dead(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Year of Confusion(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: The King’s Gambit is also known as SPQR.

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