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by Paul L. Maier

eBook The Flames of Rome download ISBN: 0385170912
Author: Paul L. Maier
Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (July 1, 1981)
Language: English
Pages: 443
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Rating: 4.5
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OVERVIEW --- In Paul L. Maier's THE FLAMES OF ROME, you come to learn about the reign of Emperor CLAVDIVS to the end of the reign of NERO. It is a very easy and entertaining read

OVERVIEW --- In Paul L. It is a very easy and entertaining read. Even more, you learn about the founding of Christianity in Rome as it spread throughout the Roman Empire. Romans had many questions for them: Were they Jews?

Book Overview I couldn't put this book down

First time in trade paperback The splendor and pagan excesses of Roman society are confronted by the life-changing faith of Christianity. I couldn't put this book down. If you want feel like you're actually living ancient Rome this is the book for you. I've also read "Pontius Pilate" also by Maier and I'm looking for more. How come I didn't find out about this great author sooner?

In The Flames of Rome, Paul Maier has accomplished a tremendously challenging project, and he has done so with . This book is documentary fiction, and the author, who is an historian, includes extensive documentation.

In The Flames of Rome, Paul Maier has accomplished a tremendously challenging project, and he has done so with wonderful clarity and accuracy. Christian Library Journal 2004-06-03). The author is at home in the vast literature of his subject. He used creative license to fill in gaps in history with dialogue and some events, but everything he wrote is plausible based on the sources he cited. Reading about life in Rome during the early days of Christianity was fascinating.

The Flames of Rome book. A madman who murders his way into power lusts for ever-greater. Award-winning historian and best-selling author Paul L. Maier has created a compelling style of documentary fiction, using only known historical events and persons to bring to life first-century Rome in all its excess, treachery, and insanity.

The Flames of Rome - Paul L. Maier.

A great story of the people of Rome and the crazy things they did for power as well as the way the Gospel prevailed in those times. The Flames of Rome by Paul L. Discover ideas about Story Setting. The Flames of Rome: A Novel by Paul Maier- this is incredibly good! Story Setting Great Stories Book Nooks Love Reading Roman History Great Books Book Lists Open Library Rome.

This is the sensational story of pagans at their worst-and Christians at their best

And caught between the crushing currents of history are a new but growing religious group known as the followers of The Way.

In imperial Rome, Flavius Sabinus, a patriotic and upright Roman citizen, finds himself and his family caught between the growing Christian faith and the official persecution ordered by the emperor
Comments: (7)
Natety
This book is documentary fiction, and the author, who is an historian, includes extensive documentation. He used creative license to fill in gaps in history with dialogue and some events, but everything he wrote is plausible based on the sources he cited. Reading about life in Rome during the early days of Christianity was fascinating.

The depravity and evil of the times were horrific, yet--like Christian martyrs in the Middle East today--Christians went to their cruel and barbarous deaths professing their faith in the risen Lord. The book is quite long but never became tedious; I wasn't ready for it to end even though the reading was sometimes heartbreaking.

I highly recommend this book to understand what early Christians went through to spread the Gospel throughout the world.
saafari
I am normally not into reading about Roman history for the specific reason that was talked about in the beginning of the book. The loose based fictional characters written around a period of time in history. This book I found fascinating and very well written. I felt I knew more about this period of history after reading this book and felt that I had a better understanding of the interplay of Jews, Christians, and Roman government. I'd actually like to see Mr. Maier write another book explaining the differences going on in different factions of Jews and Christianity at this time. I do not consider myself a mainstream religion but it's interesting to see how their inner politics affected history. I plan to read his other book as well. Very fascinating read. I highly recommend his books.
Ce
QVIS CVSTODIET IPSOS CVSTODES? (WHO WILL WATCH THE WATCHMEN?)
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The PRAETORIAN GVARD, the so-called protectors of the Roman Emperor and his family, plays such a pivotal role in Roman history. Possibly responsible for murdering TIBERIVS, certainly responsible for killing CALIGVLA, and involved in conspiracies to assassinate and depose the emperors that they swore to protect. It is the case with Nero himself.

OVERVIEW
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In Paul L. Maier's THE FLAMES OF ROME, you come to learn about the reign of Emperor CLAVDIVS to the end of the reign of NERO. It is a very easy and entertaining read. Even more, you learn about the founding of Christianity in Rome as it spread throughout the Roman Empire. Speaking of which, some of the most enjoyable parts in the novel are the trials of Christians. Romans had many questions for them: Were they Jews? A sect of Judaism? Were they conspirators? Did they burn Rome?

GREAT FIRE OF ROME
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NERO certainly did not burn Rome. In fact, he stood to lose the most from its destruction, politically and personally. Even more, he behaved admirably in his attempt to quench the fire. He also paid for the rebuilding of Rome after the devastation.

Nevertheless, NERO needed --politically needed-- a culprit. While building his grand palace (DOMVS AVREA), rumors were circulating that he caused the great fire of Rome. Thus, he had to blame someone, although the fire was an accident. His target: Christians. They were weird ("love thy enemy") anyway. NERO, mixing entertainment and slaughter, made games out of punishing Christians by fixing them to poles in clothes with inflammables and setting them afire. Many Christians were crucified, thrown to dogs and lions.

NERO'S persecution of the Christians was so brutal that it generated sympathy for them.

EMPEROR NERO
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NERO supposedly possessed a "celestial voice" --he would protect it with a scarf-- and believed himself quite the artist. In fact, at his death, he is reported to have said, "QVALIS ARTIFEX PEREO!" (WHAT AN ARTIST DIES IN ME!).

NERO is presented in a very convincing way in the novel. NERO was constantly being manipulated - by his mother, by advisors, and so forth. He could not trust anyone, and you could see why someone like that would rely on his PRAETORIAN COMMANDER, TIGELLINVS.

Although his reign started out well enough, probably the doing of SENECA, power and even independence would corrupt NERO. You can confidently reach a conclusion that NERO was never suitable for the job as Princeps. He probably would have much preferred writing poetry, playing his lyre, and performing as an actor.

Much (much) more could be said about NERO, but you will have to read the novel. It is worth it.

CONCLUSION
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If you want to learn about Roman history in an entertaining and accessible way, then I highly recommend this novel. You will find yourself doing your own research. The notes at the end of the novel are useful to link the events of the novel with a historical basis.

Five stars are warranted for the author's creativity and scholarship.
Peras
Paul Maier is an accomplished author as well as a consummate historian. This book reads like it could have been taken from the news. He takes historical characters and events and makes them really come alive. It is interesting and flows easily from scene to scene. I would highly recommend this book.
Iaiastta
Excellent, authentic, challenging. I loved this book as much as his previous book, Pontius Pilate, which is best book I've ever read. Need a dictionary at times, but love it! Paul Meier is a very talented and detailed author and I plan to find all he has written.