Quo VadisBook - 1997
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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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Violence: Killing and blood and gore
Coarse Language: Swearing and terms not suitable for younger ages
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Blood and gore
Sexual Content: Lust to name a few
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midnightvupecula thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
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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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"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)