This is a work of historical fiction. The background and setting
have been reproduced from historical documents and archeological
evidence. Many of the characters are historical figures; some were
invented to fit the circumstances.
The main source used to construct the background of the novel is
the New Testament. I have assumed the historicity of the New
Testament, being fully aware that many people dispute this. I make
no claim for veracity on behalf of the Gospels; I use them only as
I also used the Jewish historians Flavius Josepus and Philo of
Alexandria as sources to describe certain events. The Roman
historian, Tacitus, and some minor sources and legends, were also
used as sources and are referenced in the chapter notes in the back
of the book.
The story describes the journey of a Roman soldier, Flavius,
stationed in Palestine during the time of the crucifixion of Jesus
of Nazareth. As he witnesses the birth of a new religion and begins
to understand the new moral values he has accepted, he must come to
grips with the conflict he now faces between his new religion and
loyalty to his country. Returning to Italy after his tour of duty
with the Roman Army is over, he finds his new faith carries a price
when he has to face the conflict created by its teachings, which
begin to upset the prevailing Roman political structure. As he
tries to bring justice to pagan Rome, he discovers that the
class-conscious Roman State may not yet be ready for the message of
|Country of origin:
Lewis M. Elia
||203 x 127 x 13mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
Genre fiction >
Myth & legend told as fiction
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