Quo Vadis translates to Where are you going? The splendor of the
Roman Empire is the setting for this 1905 Noble Prize Winning love
story. Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916) was a Polish writer and
patriot. He is possibly best known abroad for his historical epic
Quo Vadis. Quo Vadas is a love story between Marcus Vincius a Roman
Tribune and Lygia a Christian girl. Lygia is of royal descent and
is a hostage raised in a Roman home. At first Marcus feels only
lust for the beautiful girl. Through political machinations by the
elegant Petronius he contrives to have her taken by force from her
foster home and into the decadent and terrible splendor of the
court of Caesar. Quo Vadas is a story of the struggle between
Christianity and paganism, set in Rome during the time of Nero and
the early Christian martyrs. This is an excellent choice for any
Latin student wanting to learn more about the life in Rome during
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