"Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be
First it killed the Romans, and now it's killing me."
Seriously, I studied Latin for 3 years in the horrible boarding school I went to (a Church school; I think you folks call them parochial schools?) - not that I had any choice. I did very well at first, but gradually my grades slipped to terrible, as I found it increasingly difficult.
Anyway, sorry, I digress. I remember there was a fictional TV series which was praised for its historical accuracy called "I, Claudius." It was a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves' books "I, Claudius" and "Claudius the God." I didn't see or read any myself, but they were highly regarded.
There is also another fictional series ("Masters of Rome"; comprising 7 books), by an Australian author, Colleen McCullough. Again, I have never read them, but also highly regarded. The only book of hers I have read, "The Thorn Birds" is fantastic.