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Overview The sensuality and excesses of first-century Rome, the treacherous and deadly ploys of imperial politics, the shocking persecution of the early Christians by a power-mad emperor - THE FLAMES OF ROME presents the sensational and searing story of pagans at their worst and Christians at their best. Paul L. Maier faithfully reconstructs the dramatic conflicts preceding and following the Great Fire of Rome in A.D. 64 through the experience of a family of Roman nobility caught in the political and religious clashes of the world's capital. The family of Flavius Sabinus, mayor of Rome under Nero, was among the first crucial converts to Christianity, and this novel recounts the "rest of the story" following the book of Acts.
Publishers Description First time in trade paperback The splendor and pagan excesses of Roman society are confronted by the life-changing faith of Christianity.
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Dr. Paul L. Maier is the Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History at Western Michigan University and a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works. His novels include two historical documentaries — Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome — as well as A Skeleton in God’s Closet, a theological thriller that became a #1 national bestseller in religious fiction when it first released. Sequels, More than a Skeleton and The Constantine Codex, followed in 2003 and 2011.
His nonfiction works include In the Fullness of Time, a book that correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; Josephus: The Essential Works, a new translation / commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and Eusebius: The Church History, a similar book on the first Christian historian. More than five million of Maier’s books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.
Dr. Maier lectures widely, appears frequently on national radio, television, and newspaper interviews, and has received numerous awards. He has also penned seven children’s books and hosted six video seminars dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church, and current Christianity.
Paul L. Maier lived in the state of Michigan. Paul L. Maier was born in 1662 and died in 1752.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Flames of Rome: A Novel?
Not as good as his other novels Mar 20, 2007
I enjoyed the novel, though it was not half as interesting as his previous one. Not much emphasis was given to the Christian characters: Nero and his cronie Tigellinus shine, and so does Sabinus. The book is basically about Nero and his crimes: the murderous Messalina, his cruel and scheming mother Agrippina, his wife (he killed her too) Poppea. The book does not explain in detail what happened to Seneca. Some attention is given to Claudius, in the beginning, before Nero takes over.
Parents Beware Feb 26, 2007
Other reviewers have already detailed all the great points of this book, so I won't repeat them, but I would like to give a warning. I purchased this book as part of the Sonlight curriculum for my 16 and 14 year old kids. I decided to read it myself first and then decided not to have them read it. I just wouldn't recommend it for teenagers due to the fairly graphic sexual information contained in it. I'm not opposed to telling the truth about a society, but I think there are limits to how many details the reader needs to know to understand the facts.
Here are a few of the details that concerned me:
a woman leaving claw marks across a man's chest when he refuses her sexual advances
falling into each other's arms, kissing and embracing with an intensity that astonished them
being "inflamed" by a kiss
empress removing her clothing in front of a Senator, with the description that she had a supple figure
thirteen year old youth hiding in the bathhouse watching young naked girls
This was just a little too much information for me to recommend it to teenagers. I wouldn't have a problem recommending it for an adult.
LOVED IT ! Jan 15, 2007
I couldn't put the book down and had sleepless nights because of it.
Forget "The Da Vinci Code" - read THIS! May 22, 2006
This was the first book by Paul Maier I ever read, and after that, I had to read all of them! He has a gripping style, and unlike "The Da Vinci Code," he is faithful to established historical fact. The only point where I disagree with Maier is that he denies that St. Peter was crucified upside down, saying it was not possible. The Romans were masters at crucifixion, and there's nothing to suggest this would not have happened. In addition, every known tradition of Peter's death says he was crucified upside-down, and no document has ever stated the contrary. Furthermore, when St. Peter's bones were examined, they were found to contain bones from every part of the body except the feet, which indicates that the Christians cut him down secretly at night and couldn't reach the feet, so they must have sawed off his feet and left them on the cross while they buried the rest of his body. Obviously, this would only happen if Peter had been crucified upside-down. This to me is proof that the tradition about St. Peter's death is true. But all this is a minor point. All Paul Maier's works are well-written and worth the read. THIS is a novel you can read and learn from, and one Dan Brown should read if he wants to learn how to really write an historical novel.
Wow what a way to live Feb 10, 2006
This is all I could say after reading this book. I found it highly entertaining and educational. I knew little about the city of Rome at this time. I am very interested in early christianity and while I realize it is tough with the available sources to provide much new information, this is interesting. I am awestruck by the personalities, particulalry Nero. What a self absorbed human being. I was shocked. I think this is a great book and in line with this Author's other books. I find this Author very enjoyable.