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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 ...more
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Published 2006 by Hippocrene Books (first published 1894)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
795. Quo Vadis, Henryk Sienkiewicz
Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz in Polish. "Quo vadis, Domine?" is Latin for "Where are you going, Lord?" and appears in Chapter 69 of the novel in a retelling of a story from the apocryphal Acts of Peter, in which Peter flees Rome but on his way meets Jesus and asks him why he is going to Rome. Jesus says, "If thou desertest my people, I am going to Rome to be crucified
Henry Avila
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Roman Emperor Nero, is a singer of beautiful songs, his first love, he himself composes, if you don't like them, better keep your opinions unsaid, you'll live a longer life. Nero has killed his mother, wife, brother, all his family, and many former friends. Only unlimited praise, the mighty Caesar enjoys ( but that he is terrible, his voice and music, is a small sacrifice for his friendship and the vast benefits, he showers) ... Petronius, the "Arbiter of Elegance", and close friend of the vicio ...more
أيمن العتوم
رواية #كوفاديس #هنريك_شنكوفيتش
قراءة #أيمن_العتوم

رواية دَسِمة، مليئة بالأحداث، مُدهِشة، حارقة، وقادرة على أن تحتفظ بأنفاسِكَ اللاهثة من أوّلها إلى آخرها عبرَ رحلةٍ مليئةٍ بالمُغامرات تستمرّ ما يقرب من 800 صفحة. صادرة عن دار المدى في بيروت وبغداد في طبعتها الأولى عام 2016م.
الموضوع الرّئيس الّذي اتّخذه الكاتب البولوني شنكوفيتش هو قصّة الحبّ الّتي قامتْ بين (ليفيا) الّتي تجري فيها دماء ملكيّة وتؤمن بالمسيح وبين (فينيكوس) القائد الرّوماني الّذي خاضَ حروبًا عديدةً وانتصر فيها. فينيكوس لم يكنْ يؤمن بال
Apr 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Great book for a retreat! Spiritually invigorating, makes one excited about the Catholic faith. It is fiction with references to standard Catholic tradition, and is set in the time of the Christian persecutions in Rome during the reign of Nero. The focus of the novel is a love story between a Roman centurion and a beautiful Christian princess-in-exile. The story's central conflict takes place in the person of the centurion's friend, who also happens to be a cultural lackey in the court of Nero. ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
رمان های تاریخی :ادبیات در کنار تاریخ قرار می گیرد و در هم می آمیزند و خواننده قرن ها قبل را بر پرده خیال می نگرد

در کتاب "سينوهه پزشک مخصوص فرعون" خواندم كه انسان ها عوض نمي شوند و هميشه تاريخ تكرار مي شود
هيتلر و صدام حسین و دیگر دیکتاتورها نمونه های دیگری از نرون و خوشيفتگي و جناياتش هستند

:این جمله که نمیدانم از کیست واقعا عالیه
ملتی که از تاریخ درس نگیرند باید تمام آن را تجربه کنند

یکی از این رمان های تاریخی که خواندنش برام لذت بخش بود کتاب "کجا میروی؟" اثر هنریک سینکیویچ که در ایران با نام هوس
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You must have read this novel.
Gripping and full steam to the heart.
A wonderfull book, dont miss it.
I love it so much, I cant say accuratetly how I enyoyed it.
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Near the end of Quo Vadis Petronius (Arbiter) writes a letter in reply to his nephew Vicinius who has fled Rome with his bride, Ligia. In the letter Petronius discusses his philosophy and his fate contrasting it with the Christian belief that Vicinius has accepted. He says:

"There are only two philosophers that I care about, Pyrrho and Anacreon. You know what they stand for. The rest, along with the new Greek schools and all the Roman Stoics, you can have for the price of beans. Truth lives somew
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's easy to love the book for both the story and the history. But I love it all the more for the characters (except for Calina, I must say I find her rather dull). My favorite is by far Petronius; the arbiter of elegance. He has the most interesting evolution throughout the book: he makes it very clear that he only cares about himself, his own pleasures, his well-being. He doesn't like to be bothered with anything that happens in the dirty world of the peasants. He only cares for Vinicius in th ...more
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Erica by: Amber Crafton
Clearly capturing the depravity of man while outlining the persecution of the early church, Quo Vadis vividly depicts first century life in the Roman Empire for slave, centurion, and emperor.

As Sienkiewicz's final display of descriptive prowess, at the climax he floods his readers' senses with the evidence of a smoldering Rome. I've never been so tantalized by antiquity than after reading this historical fiction.

All the while reading a bit like a best seller and not an epic novel from the 1800'
Czarny Pies
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone provided that they have first read the Satyricon by Petronius Arbiter
Recommended to Czarny by: Moja zona
Quo Vadis
Henry Sienkiewicz`s "Quo Vadis" is a truly great book. Unfortunately, I know best how to explain its greatness to those who like me were young in thehe 60s and 70s. If you are not part of this group, this review may not be terribly helpful.
To those of you of my generation, I will say that Quo Vadis is a wonderful novel about the Roman Empire in the First Century of the modern era when Rome was entering its decadent era. It is better than anything written by Robert Graves who still must
أيمن العتوم
رواية #كوفاديس #هنريك_شنكوفيتش
قراءة #أيمن_العتوم

رواية دَسِمة، مليئة بالأحداث، مُدهِشة، حارقة، وقادرة على أن تحتفظ بأنفاسِكَ اللاهثة من أوّلها إلى آخرها عبرَ رحلةٍ مليئةٍ بالمُغامرات تستمرّ ما يقرب من 800 صفحة. صادرة عن دار المدى في بيروت وبغداد في طبعتها الأولى عام 2016م.
الموضوع الرّئيس الّذي اتّخذه الكاتب البولوني شنكوفيتش هو قصّة الحبّ الّتي قامتْ بين (ليفيا) الّتي تجري فيها دماء ملكيّة وتؤمن بالمسيح وبين (فينيكوس) القائد الرّوماني الّذي خاضَ حروبًا عديدةً وانتصر فيها. فينيكوس لم يكنْ يؤمن بال
*كوفاديس *
إن مثل هذا النفس الأدبي ، لا يجيش إلا عن إله في الأدب .
لا أقول أكثر من أنها رائعة ، و أنها نص لا تكون بعده نفس الشخص الذي بدأ بقراءته .

" إن الأكثر حماساً و صلابة من بين إخوة المعتقد هم من تمتلئ نفوسهم بالتوق نتيجة المعاناة ، و هذا ما يدفعهم للصلاة ".
- بومبونيا
" نقامر ، و نجري باتجاه الهاوية ، شيء ما يتقدم نحونا آتيا من المستقبل ، شيء ما يقرقع و يضج تحت أقدامنا ، شيء ما يموت بقربنا ، هذا كله صحيح ، لكننا من ناحية نستطيع أن نموت ، أما من ناحية أخرى ، فلا نفرط بحياتنا فنثقلها بالأعباء خدم
Simona Stoica
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Cred că e prima oară când o carte mă lasă fără cuvinte.
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Il Cristianesimo, questo sconosciuto

Dunque sì, accomodatevi pure.
Non state troppo indietro. Venite pure avanti, che altrimenti non potete vedere la magia di cui oggi sarete esclusivi spettatori . Ebbene, ecco quello che accadrà fra qualche istante. Svuoterò la mia mente. Cancellerò la mia memoria a breve e lungo termine, e di colpo sarò una Noce Moscata che non ha letto “Quo vadis?” a 17 anni, e non l’ha neanche riletto a 34.
“Sim salabim, abracadabra, tutti giù per terra, puff puff, pant pant e
Mar 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book was pretty terrible. As a classicist, I am deeply offended by the wooden, stereotypical rendering of Romans, even Romans during Nero's time. As a reader, I am deeply offended by the fact that very little actually happens. Sienkiewicz tells us about plenty of things, but he shows us very little. For instance, in the last third of the book, Petronius, who has been watching his nephew's slow conversion to Christianity with ironic detachment, writes him a letter talking about how much thes ...more
I still think I was too young when I read this.. I think I was about eleven, and this is surely not a lecture for a kid. Still, after all these years, the expression Quo vadis, Domine? remains embroidered into my brain, with no way of escaping. I don't know why it made such a great impression on me, but I do believe that this is must-read for everyone, a great classic in world literature.
Oct 13, 2017 marked it as to-read
Emperor,Ancient Rome,Nobles and Slaves and above all a Latin title.Deus librorum audivit mea supplicia!
Jeannette Nikolova
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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Technically, the rating I would give Quo Vadis is 3.5, but I feel like 4 full stars would be misleading.

I've been living in Poland for a year now, and Quo Vadis is certainly the most famous piece of literature that came out of this country. Despite being written in 1894, this book is as much in line with the Polish mindset, as it was 124 years ago. That is to say, Quo Vadis, in its essence is a praise to Christianity in its most basic and purest form.

Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history, classics
CAPOLAVORO. Una favolosa scoperta, soprattutto per me che non amo l'antica Roma come ambientazione nei romanzi. Una descrizione accurata e bellissima della città e delle anime dei personaggi, della loro psicologia, della loro evoluzione. Per non parlare dell'incendio e della persecuzione contro i cristiani, entrambe con una vividezza tale da farti sembrare lì presente ad assistere e a partecipare alle vite dei personaggi, dai protagonisti alla plebe di Roma tutta. Per non parlare poi del raccont ...more
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
I know this should be obvious, but the "Da Vinci Code" fury requires that I do mention this: these kinds of books ought to be read for what they are, novels, works of fiction, and not narrative-style histories. If books are read according to their genre, they'll be far more enjoyable and less likely to stir stupid controversy.

"Quo Vadis" isn't a history, then, but a work of historical fiction. If you're familiar with the 1951 film starring Deborah Kerr, Robert Taylor and Peter Ustinov, you shoul
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
"Nero fiddled while Rome Burned"-Quo Vadis builds on one of the more horrifying rumours of the tale behind this famous expression, in this story of love and faith in Nero's Rome. More horrifying are his descriptions of the gladiator games and "punishments" that Nero devised which are perhaps closer to the truth- and many shades worse than their modern interpretation in Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games. But amidst the excesses and horrors of life in Rome, there is also faith and love that brings to ...more
Marat M. Yavrumyan
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: armbooks
Հռոմ ու ինչ որ քրիստոնյաներ։ Հռոմն ավելի հավանեցի։ Տպավորություն էր, թե Սենկևիչն ապրել է Հռոմում, քայլել հռոմեացիների հետ, այնքան մանրամասն էր փորձում փոխանցել ժամանակի շունչը։ Պատկերացնում եմ, ինչ ջանքեր են նրան արժեցել վեպը։ Սա յուրատեսակ շունչ է հաղորդում վեպին ու թե ինչու պիտի քրիստոնեությունը տարածվեր մի քաղաքում, կայսրությունում, ժամանակաշրջանում երբ բարքերը, իրականությունը ավելի ու ավելի սպառնալից էր դառնում, կյանքը կորցնում էր արժեքը։
Կարդացվում է մի շնչով, սկզբում ավելի ագահորեն, թեև վեր
K.D. Absolutely
Feb 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006 or 2010 versions)
Shelves: 1001-core, nobel
Rome under the rule of emperor Nero, AD 64. The Polish author, Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916), went to Rome to observed for a couple of years during the writing of this book (published as a book in 1896). He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1905.

Quo vadis is Latin for "Where are you going?" and alludes to a New Testament verse (John 13:36). The verse, in the King James Version, reads as follows, "Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou ca
ترجمه ی بی نظیری دارد. بی-نه-ظیر!
و در ضمن خود کتاب هم نفس آدم را می گیراند، که یعنی من الان نفس گرفته ام، یعنی نمی توانم چیزی درباره ی تجربه ی خواندن این کتاب بنویسم که تجربه ی -شبیه ترجمه ی - بی نظیری است و بعید می دانم دیگر تکرار شود. دیگر هرگز می توانم دوره ای از تاریخ را - طبق پیشگفتار مترجم، نورده قرن پیش! وووو! - به این وضوح تجربه کنم؟ آیا اصلاً امکان دارد؟
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Cri (PaperbacksandPizza)
Feb 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: did-not-finish
I barely read 3 chapters and nor that the writing isn't good, but this book is not for me. I should have known reading out of my comfort zone could have lead to this. I am not going to give it a rating or a review because that would be unfair. Although I like history a lot, this book is just so heavy and page by page I just wanted to put it down and read something else. I am not going to force myself too much because it's a horrible feeling and that could put me in a terribile reading slump. I d ...more
Héctor Rodríguez
Quo Vadis? o "Jalan más un par de tetas que una carreta", trata de que a un vato romano le cuadran las nalguitas de una morra cristiana. Así que decide hacerse cristiano para ver si se las da.

Y eso me recuerda a alguien.
Etab Tareq
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رائع يا شنكوفيتش
رسمت التاريخ بكل مشاهده بدقة رسام محترف ،نثرت حروفك أوجاع وآهات على صفحات روايتك ،أقلقت مضاجعنا بسردك البديع ،روايتك ألهبت أحاسيسنا وسردك استفز حواسنا فالتهبت روايتك في دواخلنا كما التهبت نار روما .
لا أعلم مدى الحقيقة من التأليف في حبكتك لكني خرجت من كوفاديس بكمٍ هائل من المنفعة ان كان سياسياً او تاريخياً او حتى
دينياً .
رواية تستحق وتستحق القراءة وإشغال الوقت بها لِما تُشغله في عقولنا ومشاعرنا .
أتمنى أن أعود لأقرأها ثانيةً يوماً ما .
Inês Beato
O fio condutor desta obra é o amor trágico entre uma Cristã e um Romano, que começou mal e tinha tudo para terminar ainda pior.
Apesar de 'Quo Vadis' ter sempre como pano de fundo este romance fictício entre Vinício e Ligia, a obra é uma belissíma lição de história, sempre pautada pelos acontecimentos reais que se sucederam durante o reinado do cruel Imperador Nero.
Para além de César, outros personagens históricos estão presentes ao longo do livro, como Petrónio, Tigelino, Popeia e Séneca, bem c
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ci sono libri che aspetti di leggere da una infinità di tempo e quando li hai tra le mani sei felice come un bambino che riceve il suo giocattolo preferito. Così è stato per me "Quo vadis", un libro da tanto bramato, le cui aspettative si sono sciolte al sole.
"Quo vadis" è come un piatto che non vedi l'ora di gustare, ma quando inizi ad assaporarlo, ti rendi conto che è insapore, insipido e soprattutto ha un retrogusto poco stuzzicante che ti porta a pensare che non mangerai mai più un piatto d
Cassandra Dexter Colby
Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: roma, clásicos
Se lee fácil, de una sentada. Está claro que si has visto la adaptación clásica vas a comparar novela y película. De hecho, me alucina ver cómo los guionistas crearon una serie de diálogos y frasazas que esperar leer aquí y no están, aunque algunas sí. Petronio sigue siendo Petronio, pero reconozco que me sigue gustando más el de la película. También me parece que la conversión de Vinicio es en la novela demasiado repentina, mientras que en la peli es ante el peligro que corre Ligia en la arena ...more
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Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (also known as "Litwos"; May 5, 1846–November 15, 1916) was a Polish journalist and Nobel Prize-winning novelist. He was one of the most popular Polish writers at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905 for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer."

Born into an impoverished gentry family in the Podlasie vi
“But I think happiness springs from another source, a far deeper one that doesn't depend on will because it comes from love.” 70 likes
“I know, 0 Caesar, that thou art awaiting my arrival with impatience, that thy true heart of a friend is yearning day and night for me. I know that thou art ready to cover me with gifts, make me prefect of the pretorian guards, and command Tigellinus to be that which the gods made him, a mule-driver in those lands which thou didst inherit after poisoning Domitius. Pardon me, however, for I swear to thee by Hades, and by the shades of thy mother, thy wife, thy brother, and Seneca, that I cannot go to thee. Life is a great treasure. I have taken the most precious jewels from that treasure, but in life there are many things which I cannot endure any longer. Do not suppose, I pray, that I am offended because thou didst kill thy mother, thy wife, and thy brother; that thou didst burn Eome and send to Erebus all the honest men in thy dominions. No, grandson of Chronos. Death is the inheritance of man; from thee other deeds could not have been expected. But to destroy one's ear for whole years with thy poetry, to see thy belly of a Domitius on slim legs whirled about in a Pyrrhic dance; to hear thy music, thy declamation, thy doggerel verses, wretched poet of the suburbs, — is a thing surpassing my power, and it has roused in me the wish to die. Eome stuffs its ears when it hears thee; the world reviles thee. I can blush for thee no longer, and I have no wish to do so. The howls of Cerberus, though resembling thy music, will be less offensive to me, for I have never been the friend of Cerberus, and I need not be ashamed of his howling. Farewell, but make no music; commit murder, but write no verses; poison people, but dance not; be an incendiary, but play not on a cithara. This is the wish and the last friendly counsel sent thee by the — Arbiter Elegantiae.” 16 likes
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