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Quo Vadis

Henryk Sienkiewicz

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Sienkiewicz’s epic novel of ancient Rome finds the Empire at the height of her power and splendor, but struggling with the madness and cruelty of the Emperor Nero. A new religion is sweeping across the world, causing many Romans to wonder and leading many others to sacrifice everything for it. Yet, even as a great city burns and darkness threatens to overwhelm the age, hope is found in the love of the Roman tribune Marcus Vinicius for the beautiful Christian maiden Lygia, and in his journey toward his life’s true purpose

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I know how I should act in thy place. Till this lost one is found I should seek in another that which for the moment has gone from me with her. I saw splendid forms at thy villa. Do not contradict me. I know what love is; and I know that when one is desired another cannot take her place. But in a beautiful slave it is possible to find even momentary distraction."

"I do not need it," said Vinicius.

But Petronius, who had for him a real weakness, and who wished to soften his pain, began to meditate how he might do so.

"Perhaps thine have not for thee the charm of novelty," said he, after a while (and here he began to look in turn at Iras and Eunice, and finally he placed his palm on the hip of the golden-haired Eunice). "Look at this grace! for whom some days since Fonteius Capiton the younger offered three wonderful boys from Clazomene. A more beautiful figure than hers even Skopas himself has not chiselled. I myself cannot tell why I have. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 Caesa...more

It's easy to love the book for both the story and the history. But I love it all the more for the characters (except for Calina, I must say I find her rather dull). My favorite is by far Petronius; the arbiter of elegance. He has the most interesting evolution throughout the book: he makes it ver...more

Near the end of Quo Vadis Petronius (Arbiter) writes a letter in reply to his nephew Vicinius who has fled Rome with his bride, Ligia. In the letter Petronius discusses his philosophy and his fate contrasting it with the Christian belief that Vicinius has accepted. He says:

"There are only two phi...more

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 Rom...more

Superb.
You must have read this novel.
Gripping and full steam to the heart.
A wonderfull book, dont miss it.
I love it so much, I cant say accuratetly how I enyoyed it.

رواية #كوفاديس #هنريك_شنكوفيتش
قراءة #أيمن_العتوم

رواية دَسِمة، مليئة بالأحداث، مُدهِشة، حارقة، وقادرة على أن تحتفظ بأنفاسِكَ اللاهثة من أوّلها إلى آخرها عبرَ رحلةٍ مليئةٍ بالمُغامرات تستمرّ ما يقرب من 800 صفحة. صادرة عن دار المدى في بيروت وبغداد في طبعتها الأولى عام 2016م.
الموضوع الرّئيس الّذي اتّ...more

Quo Vadis
Henry Sienkiewicz`s "Quo Vadis" is a truly great book. Unfortunately, I know best how to explain its greatness to those who like me were young in thehe 60s and 70s. If you are not part of this group, this review may not be terribly helpful.
To those of you of my generation, I will say th...more

795. Quo Vadis, Henryk Sienkiewicz
Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz in Polish. "Quo vadis, Domine?" is Latin for "Where are you going, Lord?" and appears in Chapter 69 of the novel in a retelling of a story...more

رمان های تاریخی :ادبیات در کنار تاریخ قرار می گیرد و در هم می آمیزند و خواننده قرن ها قبل را بر پرده خیال می نگرد

در کتاب "سينوهه پزشک مخصوص فرعون" خواندم كه انسان ها عوض نمي شوند و هميشه تاريخ تكرار مي شود
هيتلر و صدام حسین و دیگر دیکتاتورها نمونه های دیگری از نرون و خوشيفتگي و جناياتش هستند

:این...more

Marvellously written , Quo Vadis is an epic from the times of the first Christians and the fall of Nero's Rome. A stark contrast between Rome's way of life among decadent celebrations, pan et circenses, orgies and sycophantic adepts to Nero's madness, slavery and class distinction and that of the...more

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