Flames of Rome: A Novel

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Can one man's madness destroy the faith for which so many would die?

A madman who murders his way into power lusts for ever-greater glory and domination. A capital city awash with corruption, sensuality, and political intrigue is at the flash point. And caught between the crushing currents of history are a new but growing religious group known as the followers of The Way.

Award-winning historian and best-selling author Paul L. Maier has created...

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Overview

Can one man's madness destroy the faith for which so many would die?

A madman who murders his way into power lusts for ever-greater glory and domination. A capital city awash with corruption, sensuality, and political intrigue is at the flash point. And caught between the crushing currents of history are a new but growing religious group known as the followers of The Way.

Award-winning historian and best-selling author Paul L. Maier has created a compelling style of documentary fiction, using only known historical events and persons to bring to life first-century Rome in all its excess, treachery, and insanity. This is the Rome that the apostle Paul visits, where he’s placed on trial, and which is forever changed by his testimony and witness. Maier takes readers into the courtroom of imperial justice and into the homes of the people struggling with the new faith they’ve encountered to answers questions such as:

  • How did Christianity first reach Rome?
  • Why did Paul have to wait two years for trial and was he condemned or set free?
  • Why does the New Testament account in Acts end so abruptly?
  • Who set fire to Rome and why did Nero persecute Christians so horribly?

Following the the family of Flavius Sabinus, mayor of Rome under Nero Maier captures all the drama and tension of the political conflicts that precede and follow the Great Fire of Rome, and the epic political and religious clashes of the world’s capital. This is the sensational story of pagans at their worst—and Christians at their best. Readers won’t want to put it down.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825443541
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/2013
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 374,856
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul L. Maier is the former Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History (retired) at Western Michigan University and an award-winning author whose expertise in first-century studies and extensive travels in the Middle East and Asia Minor provide historical authenticity and compelling drama to his writing. His other writings include the ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winning volume Josephus: The Essential Writings, as well as The Flames of Rome, and the best-selling novel, A Skeleton in God’s Closet.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

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    A Superb Novel! - you will not regret reading "The Flames of Rome".

    This novel blew my socks off! It kept me on the edge of my seat; Paul Maier does an excellent job of pulling the reader into the middle of the action and allowing them to become emotionally invested with the characters, while still maintaining the rich historical backround. The novel surrounds Titus Flavius Sabinus, Prefect of Rome and "friend of God", as he tries to preserve righteousness, honor, and "the cause" against the debauched, and ridiculous Emperor Nero. The novel also paints the spread of Christianity and the emergence of the Roman Church in a favorable light.
    If you enjoyed The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers, you will enjoy The Flames of Rome even more. I acheived a better understanding of Ancient Rome and of Christianity through reading this book. I cannot praise this novel enough. I highly reccomend it to all historians, Christians, and those simply looking for an excellent read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2005

    Couldn't put it down!

    It started in the bookstore as I was browsing for another Francine Rivers book to lose myself in. I came across a title that sounded interesting to me - Flames of Rome. The author captures interest from the first page and holds it all the way to the end. I finished the 400+ page book in 2 days because it was just to wonderful to put down. I learned so much about Nero and the things that shaped his life. How and why he persecuted Christians and how in the beginning of his rule he wasn't such a bad person. It's truly amazing! Once you pick up this book and start to read, you too will be drawn into it's grasp until the final page.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    Wonderful

    This book takes all the facts presented in the New Testament and all the verifiable facts from Roman historians of the era, and presents life as it was during the reign of Nero and the start of the Christain persecutions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Highly recommended

    The author writes an attention getting story interspersed with historical factoids which make this story come alive. What is scary is how much Rome was like the United States today along with increasingly not so subtle suppression of the Christian faith!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Update to my Review -

    Agrippina is my favorite "love to hate" character!

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