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Quo Vadis by Henryk Sienkiewicz
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Jul 04, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: christian, classic

The version I read is "Edited and abridged for today's reader by James S. Bell, Jr." I've never read the original Jeremiah Curtin translation (1896) but it probably is a good thing this book was abridged -- the opening of the story was ponderous with Roman terms.

The story shows how early Christianity was shaped by the reality of Christ's resurrection. Christians of that generation saw death differently -- they focused on not giving a witness at their death. Christians sang hymns of victory and prayed event as they were put to death by the most horrible means.

The story line of Vicinius and Lygia had interesting counterpoint with Vicinius' uncle Petronius who is a hedonist and close friend of Nero. Because Petronius loves his nephew, he is sympathetic to Christians. Another contrast is the story of Chilo Chilonides, a Greek who knows many Christians and plays both sides.

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