Clodia Metelli


I grew up in London, spending a childhood largely immersed in books and my own world of make-believe, fuelled by a kaleidoscope of literary and historical obsessions. This has mostly set the pattern for my life so far, and inspired me to spend years studying Greco-Roman society, gaining an MA and a PhD in the process.

Now I live by the sea with my partner and a black cat called Achilles.

I write mostly historical, mostly gay fiction. I also write urban fantasy, involving vampires. I see my vampire fiction as also historical, to a degree, as following the stories of immortals serves as an excuse to visit and explore many time-periods.

Most of my historical fiction is set in the ancient Greco-Roman period, which I studied for many years and which remains a passion with me (reading Suetonius can have a terribly corrupting effect on a young mind...).

I like to offer an alternative, more internalised window on Greco-Roman society, the emotional and cultural lives of courtesans and poets rather than the deeds of gladiators and victorious generals. An elegiac rather than epic perspective.

I also like to explore that period’s differing attitudes to sex and gender and imagine how individuals may have responded to the mores of their time, whether consciously defying them or finding some kind of liveable compromise.

Where to find Clodia Metelli online


Meeting Tiberius and Other Roman Tales
Series: Gaius and Tiberius. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,420. Language: British English. Published: January 29, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
Tales drawn from the universe of Gaius and Achilles and Dancing Phaedra. Set in the tumultuous final decades of the Roman Republic, the stories centre on the amorous lives of a group of friends and lovers living on the fringes of Rome's creative demi monde . NB Other than the first story, they contain 'spoilers' for the earlier published works.
Dancing Phaedra
Series: Gaius and Tiberius. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,820. Language: British English. Published: September 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
A young slave whore in a Roman brothel, Antyllus' prospects seem bleak. Only a sense of his destiny keeps him from despair. A gifted and inspired dancer, Antyllus dreams of stardom. Sent to a rich man's party as part of the entertainment, Antyllus' gift is spotted by Gabinius a wealthy Senator. Struggling to leave his past behind, Antyllus must contend with a new master and new life as a dancer.
Gaius and Achilles
Series: Gaius and Tiberius. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,120. Language: British English. Published: September 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Historical » Classical Greece & Rome
(3.33 from 3 reviews)
Gaius and Achilles is a gay historical romance set in Late Republican Rome, concerning the choices facing Achilles, a young aristocrat from Paphos, whose life is thrown into confusion when he is captured by pirates, separated from his lover Hippothous and becomes the slave of decadent Roman poet Gaius Manlius Torquatus.

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  • Selected Short Stories on Oct. 17, 2011
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    The first two stories in this collection centre around the characters of Tom and Sean. For the most part, I adored them. A dedicated nurse at a London hospital, Sean is also a joyful submissive with a subversive sense of humour and a healthy streak of masochism. His lover, wealthy corporate lawyer Tom, is the perfect master - cruel, caring, attentive and ingenious. On another level, the two are simply lovers, who talk and joke freely and intimately. Their dynamic and the play between them was delightful - then something happened that squicked me personally, though I accepted that Sean enjoyed it well enough. Skipping over the bit that squicked me like a responsible adult, I made it to the end of the story. I confess the ending jarred me slightly, though I don't know what the alternative could have been. That Sean who spent his life caring for others should have to be the recipient of beneficence to have a decent standard of living grated on me, but that sadly is the current reality. The second story, Tom and Sean describes how the two got together in the first place - I was delighted to have another helping of them! The story was convincing in the vividness of its various London settings and also there was a lovely bedroom scene. I was intrigued by the shorter stories that filled the centre of the book, but none of them individually stand out in my recollection. The author shows a wonderful interest and compassion for all sides of life, particularly the less fortunate (this showed up for example in Sean's thinking about the lonely death of a patient, but not sharing this with Tom out of instinctive respect for the patient's privacy). This aspect of the author's writing showed through particularly in the last story, set in London around Christmas time, when a self-absorbed, Christmas-hating individual learns the joys of helping others, when he meets a man who is recovering from a very difficult past. A reworking of the Christmas Carol motif that is romantic and life-affirming without being at all cloying.
  • Harm Reduction on March 29, 2012

    I enjoyed this short story of the connection between outreach worker Julio Torres and Linley, a vulnerable young man whom he tries to help,while repressing his inappropriate attraction to him. They lose contact, but, over the years, Julio can never forget the beautiful young man who refused his offers of support and for whom he fears the worst... The stark realism of the context is a contrast to the romantic delicacy and decency of Julio's feelings for Linley.
  • The War at the End of the World on July 08, 2012

    I was really impressed by this story!
  • Cold Front (Pindone Files #1) on Aug. 17, 2012

    It took me a little while to get into this book initially, maybe because it was quite episodic at the beginning, but once the main plot got going I quickly found myself hooked! This book is both a taut thriller and a kinky love story. Dek and Ren are both quite tough, macho guys and both have troubled histories so their relationship isn't typically 'romantic' but the tenderness and loyalty between them came across as all the more raw and real for that. The BDSM aspect of their relationship is made very clear towards the beginning of the novel and remains a potent undercurrent in their relationship. It doesn't define them as individuals or as a couple but it is an integral part of who they are. This is a novel in which readers are definitely not spoon-fed, in any sense. We are thrown head-first into this other world - another planet or another reality - it's never explained and probably doesn't matter - and left to work things out for ourselves by picking up on details about the world and the society as they emerge and making sense of them for ourselves. We are also not allowed the luxury of believing that anyone can suffer horrific events without damage and trauma, that evil doesn't leave a lasting legacy. I really enjoyed this darkly absorbing book and found myself caring for its outwardly tough, inwardly vulnerable heroes.