Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis

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Rome during the reign of Nero was a glorious place for the emperor and his court; there were grand feasts, tournaments for poets, and exciting games and circuses filling the days and nights. The pageantry and pretentious displays of excess were sufficient to cloy the senses of participants as well as to offend the sensitive. Petronius, a generous and noble Roman, a man of the world much in favor at the court of Nero, is intrigued by a strange tale related by his nephew Marcus Vinitius of his encounter with a mysterious young woman called Ligia with whom Vinitius falls madly in love. Ligia, a captured King's daughter and a one-time hostage of Rome, is now a foster child of a noble Roman household. She is also a Christian. The setting of the narrative was prepared with utmost care. Henryk Sienkiewicz visited the Roman settings many times and was thoroughly educated in the historical background. As an attempt to create the spirit of antiquity, the novel met with unanimous acclaim, which earned the Nobel Prize in literature for the author in 1905. As a vision of ancient Rome and early Christianity it has not yet been surpassed, almost a century later.
Publisher: New York : Hippocrene Books, 1997, c1993
ISBN: 9780781805506
0781805503
Characteristics: 579 p. : maps

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midnightvupecula Sep 04, 2012

Quite a complex novel with plots and subplots. I've read this book a few times, and I adore it! A lot of violence, blood and gore, and sexual themes, and what it means to be a Christian and what true love is.


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midnightvupecula Sep 04, 2012

Violence: Killing and blood and gore

midnightvupecula Sep 04, 2012

Coarse Language: Swearing and terms not suitable for younger ages

midnightvupecula Sep 04, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blood and gore

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Sexual Content: Lust to name a few

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Liber_vermis
Jun 28, 2018

Although originally published in 1895, Quo Vadis? gained the author the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905. This historical novel resonates with the current Trump Administration in the United States on several levels. The author uses foreshadowing twice to build suspense.

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piotr1
Jan 04, 2015

fascinating story, real masterpice

midnightvupecula Sep 04, 2012

Quite a complex novel with plots and subplots. I've read this book a few times, and I adore it! A lot of violence, blood and gore, and sexual themes, and what it means to be a Christian and what true love is.

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midnightvupecula Sep 04, 2012

midnightvupecula thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Liber_vermis
Jun 28, 2018

In 54 A.D. Nero is the disinterested emperor of the Roman Empire who aspires to acclaim as a poet, singer, and actor. The Roman aristocracy has become incredibly wealthy from pillaging conquered countries, exploiting their domestic peasants, and powering their empire with slave labour. Tigellinus curries favour with Nero by facilitating his weaknesses for debauchery, revenge, and spectacle. Petronius is a court favourite of Nero as he supports his artistic aspirations while attempting to restrain his baser instincts. On Nero’s whimsical order Tigellinus sets fire to Rome. The Great Fire is attributed to the new Christian sect that is infiltrating the empire with heretical ideas and attitudes. After Petronius’ nephew, Marcus Vinitius falls in love with Ligia, the daughter of the king of the Ligians and a Christian convert, the couple are swept into the maelstrom of reprisals that send the Christians to terrible deaths in the amphitheater. A historical fiction based on actual people and events, this classic novel has strong characters, dramatic action, and unnerving scenes. Background notes are provided on the historical characters; and a map shows Rome and the province of Campania at the time of Nero.

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Jun 28, 2018

"Tigellinus bit back his fury, but his face was gray, like coals under ashes. Petronius was his only rival in influence over [Nero], and so far Tigellinus had managed to hold the edge. His superiority over the cultivated arbiter of taste lay in the fact that he pandered to Nero's lowest instincts ... and Nero didn't really care how gross he was in his company. But whenever he locked horns with Petronius, Tigellinus got the worst of it, soundly gored by a mind as quick and searing as lightning." (p. 135)

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