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Henryk Sienkiewicz ¿ 0 Summary uo Vadis? Characters ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Simo è il filo conduttore di uesto romanzo storico La vicenda si svolge nella Roma imperiale di Nerone nel momento in cui per la prima volta il mondo pagano deve. 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 And there is great action provided by the princesses personal bodyguard who probably would have been competitive in the WWF Sienkiewicz s view of Christianity is strikingly progressive for his time While he makes a remarkably strong effort to unite sexual desire into conversion and Christian love there remain strong hints of 19th century romanticism In the end we find out that Sienkiewicz s ultimate goal is not necessarily spiritual but historical The climax of the book has St Peter making eye contact with Nero the great transition in history marking the passing of the old worldly order to a new other worldly order Yes Saints Peter and Paul do make several cameos in this story I liked it very much
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Henryk Sienkiewicz ¿ 0 Summary uo Vadis? Characters ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Sostenere l'urto del mondo cristiano la prima avvisaglia di uel conflitto che avrebbe visto il potente impero soccombere alla cristianità ancora debole e inerme. Why does crime even when as powerful as C sar and assured of being beyond punishment strive always for the appearances of truth justice and virtue Why does it take the trouble Why is this What a marvelous involuntary homage paid to virtue by evil And know what strikes me This that it is done because transgression is ugly and virtue is beautiful Usually stories about extremes of beauty and ugliness great good and terrible evil tend to make us roll our eyes and suirm in our chairs We think nobody is that fill in the virtue or that fill in the vice However there are times in history when people have had total power over their fellows and we see clearly Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely Virtue is the only check on power Either the virtue of the head or the virtues of those they govern That is the appeal of this novel and why despite the extremes it is so well loved uo Vadis takes place in Ancient Rome in the time of the musically mad Emperor Nero It primarily concerns the pagan Marcus Vinicius who has fallen madly in love with Lygia raised in the house of Aulus Plautius a general of British fame and his wife Pomponia Graecina as their daughter though she was originally a Lygian captive Unbeknownst to Vinicius Lygia is also a Christian a new sect at that time though not well understood Wild rumors circulate concerning Christian practices Petronius Marcus uncle tries to help Vinicius secure Lygia for his concubine though the younger man would have been willing to marry her he is so completely besotted with her This misguided effort sets off a series of unfortunate events which drive the two young people farther and farther apart Meanwhile we are introduced to the debaucheries of Nero s court his assembly of ruffians and scoundrels buffoons and so called friends including Petronius We are also made aware of the growing presence of Christians in the Roman capital mostly fictional but also the real Sts Peter and Paul The novel thrives on irony some subtle some blatant Petronius is the master manipulator He alone seems to know how to appreciate Nero s verses his musical genius and compliment him in a way so ridiculously fawning only Nero s ego could possibly believe such praise One particular example Nero however inuired in a honeyed voice in which or less deeply wounded vanity was uivering What defect dost thou find in them Do not believe them said Petronius attacking him and pointing to those present they understand nothing Thou hast asked what defect there is in thy verses If thou desire truth I will tell thee Thy verses would be worthy of Virgil of Ovid even of Homer but they are not worthy of thee Thou art not free to write such The conflagration described by thee does not blaze enough thy fire is not hot enough Listen not to Lucan s flatteries Had he written those verses I should acknowledge him a genius but thy case is different And know thou why Thou art greater than they From him who is gifted of the gods as thou art is demanded But thou art slothful thou wouldst rather sleep after dinner than sit to wrinkles Thou canst create a work such as the world has not heard of to this day hence I tell thee to thy eyes write better And he said this carelessly as if bantering and also chiding but C sar s eyes were mist covered from delight For all that I enjoyed Petronius Chilo was still the most interesting character study He is thoroughly despicable in the beginning in every way imaginable His weaselly groveling lies are despicably admirable even to see him caught in them Then as the story progresses and he seems to reach new levels of depravity something of the evil miasma all around him begins to have its affect or was it the remembered kindness the Christians showed him Chilo is worth watchingYes it is a romance but so much A glimpse of early Christianity Roman life and a close up portrait of Nero and his reign Excellent dialogue history a great classic November 15 2005 One of my favorite works of historical fictionI just wish I remembered the entirety of the story better Guess I need to rereadDownload Ë PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Henryk Sienkiewicz
Henryk Sienkiewicz ¿ 0 Summary uo Vadis? Characters ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook L'a contrastato tra Vinicio giovane patrizio romano e Licia figlia diun re barbaro condotto a Roma in ostaggio e cresciuta in una famiglia convertita al cristiane. 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 though he is terrible his voice and music are a small sacrifice for his friendship and the vast benefits he showers Petronius the Arbiter of Elegance and close friend of the vicious ruler has much influence in the court A well educated and secret writer of The Satyricon the first novel with poetry He doesn t take credit as the author Petronius likes to live in Rome not exiled as others have been The book ridicules certain Roman patricians their society both he is part of In the arts nobody knows than he Marcus Vinicius a military tribune his nephew back from a war in Asia Minor informs his uncle in the opulent steamy Roman Baths that he has fallen madly in love with a pretty maiden While recovering from an injury in the house of Aulus Plautius a retired and honored general who helped in conuering Britain The girl is the daughter of a foreign king a Roman hostage now living in the home of the General s and Pomponia Graecina the wife of Aulus she becomes very fond of her treated like a daughter Since all her relatives perished Lygia now considers them her new family The young patrician soldier must have her as his concubine but Lygia is a secret Christian and though she loves him will not accept that Marcus seeks his uncle s influence to get the girl away from her loved ones Nero has Lygia come to his palace to be examined the Emperor likes attractive women but the noble clever arbiter of elegance tells him she is too narrow in the hips not true and a compliment today still it saves the lady Poppaea the Emperor s cruel new wife hates the maiden naturally Tigellinus ambitious head of the Praetorian Guard he likes to kill hates Petronius his arch rival Given to Marcus however with the help of Ursus Lygia s devoted servant as big as a giant and as strong as an ox escapes easily before reaching the tribune s house Which so angers the lovesick Marcus nothing else matters needs only to recover his prize greatly effecting his health With the assistance of Christians including St Peter and Paul she is well hidden Fires break out soon after in the vast city countless building are incinerated the illustrious capital of the world is tumbling down People are perishing in its flames shooting high into the night sky bright now as daylight crowds are streaming out of the infernal the thick smoke chokes the heat and flames killing thousands winds spreading the insatiable fires Everyone but Marcus the soldier flee in a desperate effort to rescue his beloved enters the doomed town staggering in the hopeless search hardly able to breath falling but getting up he must continue the uest or die trying The frightened Nero afraid of the people s wrath blames the obscure Christians for the disaster many will bravely die in the bloody arena The Roman masses must be appeased A surprisingly enchanting book which never fails to entertain the reader