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The characters’ choices, both impulsive and innocent, often proved harmful to loved ones. Yet, their intentional and sometimes unwanted help, also built up, and transformed those around them. These dynamics are examined through the lives of the five characters as they encountered one another, and others, on the battlefield; in the baths and villas of Milan; Como; Ilyria, and finally, the new Rome in Byzantium.
The challenges facing the characters are juxtaposed against a background of crisis and change in the 4th century Roman Empire. As Constantine, an emperor to be, converted to Christianity, and the persecution of Christians ended, the first instance of state involvement with the church occurred.
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Posted October 11, 2010
David Winter has intelligently woven a story laced with a family's trials and moral introspections during an unsettling period of political and religious change. The writer's handling of this challenging historical setting is a tribute to his impressive research and knowledge of the period.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2010
I enjoyed the book. The subject was interesting, showing the interplay between the Romans with their traditional beliefs becoming more familiar with and eventually embracing the Christian way of life, and how it affected their lives and the decisions they made. The rise in Christianity, not surprisingly, was in most ways a result of the decline in Roman values and lifestyle choices, and the author captures the essence of the struggle in the personal and business lives of the characters in the story. I recommend the book to anyone looking to learn more about that period in history, or just looking for a good story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2010
Mr. Winter delivers his knowledge of the Roman Empire and Christianity during the 4th century in a most creative, entertaining and informative way. The character development is terrific and the reader feels he/she is right there with Servius during the battles. As I neared the end of the book, I found myself delaying the finish, not wanting it to end. Hope there is a sequel!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.