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A daughter of privilege in the most powerful empire the world has ever known, Claudia has a unique and disturbing "gift": her dreams have an uncanny way of coming true. As a rebellious child seated beside the tyrannical Roman Emperor Tiberius, she first spies the powerful gladiator who will ultimately be her one true passion. Yet it is the ambitious magistrate Pontius Pila ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by William Morrow (first published 2006)
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The Library Lady
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was ok
Okay, if this woman did so much historical research why does she get the small things wrong? Stuff like the old chestnut about "thumbs down" meaning to kill the losing gladiator, when modern scholars are pretty sure it's the opposite? She even gets the way Roman names were used wrong--she uses "Procula" as if it were a last name!

Pious Christians will recoil at her Mary Magdalene as Jesus's wife bit, but what bothers me more is the way she picks and choses her history and invents bits to fit her
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Rebecca
Aug 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of ancient Roman history
I didn’t get to this book when I picked it up at the beach in May, so I saved it for a fun read after my statistics exam. I love historical fiction about ancient Rome, and this book lived up to my expectations. The book follows the life and tragedies of Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate. Claudia travels with her family and then with her husband all across the Roman empire, and I appreciated May’s detailed descriptions of Antioch, Alexandria, Rome, and Jerusalem among other locales. Most of the ...more
Bobbi Woods
May 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
I thoroughly enjoyed the history in this book--it pieced together some religious events for me that were previously vague. I think this book is about 80% historically accurate--the story created around it is a little weak, but interesting nonetheless.

Claudia, the main character, is the daughter of Roman Empire royalty. She posesses the gift of "sight." Claudia's visions range from vividly detailed and informative to almost nonexistent, and the changing level of detail in places and characters gi
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Ron Charles
She appears in just a single verse of the Bible, but it's a riveting inflection point, a moment that dares us to imagine that events might go either way: Jesus stands before Pontius Pilate. The leaders of the Temple have accused him of treason and want him crucified, but Pilate is wavering. Then the Gospel of Matthew adds this tantalizing detail: "When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things ...more
Sydney Avey
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: novels
Last month I did a reading at a library in Sonora , CA and Antoinette May was the reader who preceded me. I was impressed by the number of years she spent researching Roman history and culture. I am interested in knowing about the cultural context in which Christ began his ministry and this seemed to fill the bill.

May uses restraint in her descriptions of Goddess worship, weaving it through a storyline rich in political and family history. Christ appears toward the end of the story as just anot
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Austin Gonzalez
May 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
An exploration of Pilate's wife and the role of women in Ancient Rome seems like an interesting and engaging story.

However, with Antoinette May it is not. May starts if her story strong, introducing us to our main character Claudia, a Roman patrician upon whom the gods have bestowed the ability to foresee the future.

We follow Claudia throughout her life in the Roman Empire, a journey which shows us how women both with and without power cope with Roman society. Ultimately leading to Claudia's fai
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Danielle Gonzalez
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this story to be very good. This follows the life of Claudia, first as a young girl, and finally as the wife of Pontius Pilate. Ms. May gives such dynamic description that it drops the reader right into that time period. I enjoyed reading about the lives of Romans, Egyptians, their gods, and how Jesus came to be in front of Pilate. In this book, Claudia struggles with what she believes in, and finally becomes a follower of Isis. She has visions that seem to foretell the future. She does ...more
PurplyCookie
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Claudia Procula (or Procles) was the wife of Pontius Pilate and accompanied him to Judea during his prefecture there (from 26 to 36 CE). Little verifiable fact is known about Pilate's wife and, despite this, May has created a vibrant novel which succeeds in bring Claudia to life.

Pilate's wife is mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew 27:19: “When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have though nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this d
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Jen
Dec 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Well, this was a steaming pile of poo.

So in the Bible, there is one (unnamed) mention of Pilate's wife. PW (as I will now refer to her) was later named Claudia by someone in 1619--so yeah 1600 years later, get a name.

So Antoinette May decides that Claudia was from the Claudia house (family of Julius Caesar EDITED: Actually, although his fam is often referred to as the Julio-Claudio family, Claudia would have been only related to Tiberius, the son of Livia by her first marriage, not to Julius's f
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Jenny GB
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Rio (Lynne)
This was an OK read. I bought it so I could learn more about Roman History. The story is very fictional. It covers Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate's life. The positive is that this book opened up a lot of conversation with my Christian friends who study the bible (I have not, so I had many questions.) I googled a lot throughout this read. The author covers many debatable areas of Jesus' life. Did he go to Isis' Temple in Egypt? Did he marry a prostitute? I found many areas to be far-fetched, ...more
kim
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Robin Drummond
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another perspective on the life and times when Jesus lived.

This was riveting! A most pleasant surprise!

Thoroughly researched, nicely written and filled with details of ordinary life, this debut novel sets up the historical, political and cultural factors surrounding the Jesus story. Vivid and shocking, the story feels new in this retelling. Claudia (who becomes Pilate's wife) meets a young Jesus at a temple to Isis in Egypt and encounters him again much later as he enters Jerusalem in triumph. C
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Lyn Stapleton
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how I felt about this novel. On the one hand I enjoyed it and the other hand (as far as historical fact go) I thought it a pile of s**t. Not very much is known about Pilate's wife except for the reference in the Gospel of Matthew 27:19: “When he was set down on the judgement seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”. The author has re-imagined a history of Claudia and Pontius ...more
Michela Marie Mifsud
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: antoinette-may
Excellent biblical/historical fiction! Thanks a lot to a dear friend who lent it to me! Brilliant story-telling.
Kim Savage
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting details and viewpoints. This book would be fun as a Bible study, or at least a book club to discuss and find out what others think about it. Enjoyed this thought provoking read.
Amanda
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
**Some spoilers included.
While this book was well written, I did not really enjoy it. However, because the reason I didn't like it is personal, and the author has a right to write what she chooses, I couldn't give the book a lower rating and be fair to her.

The story about Claudia's childhood and early years with Pilate is interesting and enjoyable. The author writes well, drawing you into the story and making you wonder what will happen next. I enjoyed reading the first 2/3-3/4 of the book. Howe
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Shelley Alongi
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars for creativity. Of all of the fictional account involving Jesus I’ve ever read this one probably incorporates more of the Roman religious practices than any of them. Since to incorporate those practices when you realize that Claudia, Pilates why would have been raised in that tradition. It was a little disconcerting for me to see so much incorporation of Isys into the book but it makes sense from their cultural perspective. Sometimes what I see in this book is reference ...more
Katherine 黄爱芬
Claudia sudah dibesarkan di tengah arus politik kuat kerajaan Romawi pd masa Tiberius. Ayahnya adalah pengikut setia Germanicus, sepupu raja yg lebih dihormati rakyat ketimbang kaisar sehingga menimbulkan kecemburuan. Dgn jalinan intrik akhirnya Germanicus berhasil disingkirkan, tetapi api perjuangannya tidak pernah padam diperjuangkan oleh istri dan anak²nya serta pengikut setianya.

Sedangkan Claudia hrs menyaksikan satu demi satu orang yg dicintainya disingkirkan. Cintanya pd Pilatus jg kandas
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Ipeh Alena
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Membaca buku sejenis historical-fiction seperti ini, membawa saya untuk mengenal satu lagi sosok yang berada di balik seorang Gubernur dari Roma : Pontius Pilatus. Namanya Claudia, melalui sejarah yang dipelajari oleh May kemudian membalutnya dengan kisah fiksi, tentunya buku ini mengajak pembaca untuk mengenal tragedi sejarah di masa lampau.

Terutama ketika bangsa Romawi tengah berada di atas angin.

Buku ini dibagi menjadi IV bagian, masing-masing bagiannya berisi bab-bab yang menggunakan plot m
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Karlina
Tentang kehidupan Claudia, yang kemudian menikah dengan Pilates, seorang panglima (?) di masa pemerintahan Tiberius. Tentang ketidakbahagiaan-kebahagiaan Claudia sebagai seorang istri dan perempuan.... Saya selalu suka cerita tentang kehidupan era Yunani yang penuh mitos dan cerita dewa-dewa. Selama ini, yang sering ditulis adalah tokoh-tokoh lelakinya. Karenanya, buku ini membuat saya penasaran. Tadinya saya berharap menemukan sebuah cerita yang lebih 'sophisticated' tapi buku ini menurut saya ...more
Sarah
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
A historical fiction book based on the wife of Pontius Pilate? Sounds like an intriguing read, but in May’s hands it is not. Her opening sentence refers to the trial and death of Jesus, but these events don’t actually appear in the book until the very end. What you get in between is a romance novel that is not well written (did they say things like “golden couple” and “beyond my wildest dreams” back then?!) and that most Christians would find offensive- specifically Jesus studying in the temple ...more
laura
i didn't love this book, but i wouldn't say it was bad. from a fictional stand point the story was well rounded, however some chapters seemed to drag on for far too long and it felt like a chore reading it. i will say though, that i loved the author's writing style and will check out her other novels. inaccuracies aside, i would recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction or coming of age.
Tammy
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction
Shelves: 4-stars, own
What a find. This book is about Claudia, the wife of Pontius Pilate during the reign of Tiberius. I like how it gave you a feel of the times; marriage, diverse religions, politics but not to extremes. At the back of the book had an historical background which the historical fiction lover in me appreciated.
Jan
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
I love historical fiction. The story of Claudia was an impressive mixture of research and imagination in which Claudia, set in a world of political intrigue, passionate family rivalries and alliances, assassinations and political/social upheaval, captures the spirit of the Roman Empire (which was not holy).
Jim Swike
I thought I would learn about Pilate's wife and of course his and her place in history. Some interesting spots with Jesus, the rest not very interesting. Maybe you will feel differently. Enjoy!
Tina Aumiller
Jun 14, 2018 rated it liked it
an interesting story. I know alot of folks focus on the historical accuracy/of the character. I was more interested in the telling of a story. I very much enjoyed it.
Eva Fiorentini
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel for what it was. 💝
Victoria Mayer
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fascinating novel that takes you back to ancient Rome.
Sammi
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as it could have been but certainly worth reading.

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