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Quo Vadis a Novel

A novel about Roman Emperor Nero

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  • Apr 7, 2009

Having been a huge fan of Robert Graves' I Claudius and Claudius the God, I was always sad that Graves did not write a sequel to highlight the reign of the last Augustan ruler.  Many times reading Quo Vadis, I felt like this was that book.  It does give a good insight to the decadence of Nero's reign along with some references to his predecessors.  It also clarified some often-misrepresented assumptions like all gladiatorial competitions taking place in the Colosseum.  We learn that Nero pre-dated the Colosseum and in fact, the battles were staged in a large "wooden" arena.


Some of the action has some good vivid descriptions such as the burning of Rome and some of the gladiatorial fights.  The book also gives a glimpse at what Christianity could have been.  We see how the disciples Peter and Paul worshipped their religion in a way that is totally unlike anything today.


The characters are excellent and the book never gets boring.

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Translated by Jeremiah Curtin ; With illustrations of the author and the setting of the book together with an introduction and descriptive captions by Allen Klots, Jr.
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Author: Henryk Sienkiewicz
Genre: Fiction

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