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uo Vadis? review ´ 103 Se of his outstanding merits as an epic writer Najsłynniejsza powieść historyczna Henryka Sienkiewicza Przyczyniła się uo VadisHenry Sienkiewicz s uo 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 that uo Vadis is a wonderful novel about the Roman Empire in the First Century of the modern era when Rome was entering its decadent era It is better than anything written by Robert Graves who still must considered an outstanding writer In places it is as lurid as the Fellini s SatyriconPublished in 1895 uo Vadis addressed the great uestion that had been raging in academia for the previous half century Why had Christianity succeeded Christianity was a schism of Judaism that arrived in Rome in the first half of the First Century AD and within less than three hundred years became the official religion of the Roman Empire Its pacifist teachings seemed entirely inappropriate for a military empire It lacked any literature and relied entirely upon personal testimony to spread its ideas in a society that was dominated by the rich classical heritage of Plato Aristotle and other philosophers that we continue to revere until this day In the context of the Roman Empire Christianity s success seemed improbable and reuired explanationSienkiewicz s explanation was that while Rome was rich and militarily powerful the level of immorality was intolerable The rich entertained themselves with drunken orgies while the masses went to the arenas where human beings where killed for their entertainmentSienkiewicz might seem to be a simplistic moralizer especially to anyone who has had the misfortune to see any of the movies based on uo Vadis However in uo Vadis he shows great subtlety and an excellent knowledge of the Latin literature of the erasSienkiewicz s critics might argue that he too readily accepted the versions of Suetonius and Tacitus on Nero during whose reign the events of uo Vadis take place Suetonius and Tacitus both came from senatorial families that had suffered badly under the reign of the Nero Hence they have been accused of exaggerating the evil nature and mental instability of Nero Sienkiewicz however accepts Suetonius and Tacitus without reservation Since these two authors are the only sources for the era he perhaps ought not to be criticized too heavily for having done soHowever Sienkiewicz s brilliance did not come from his use of Tacitus and Suetonius but rather of Petronius Arbiter the author of the Satyricon a book generally thought to be a paean to the decadent life style Under Sienkiewicz s pen Petronius becomes a man with a profound understanding of classical philosophy and a fellow traveller with the ChristiansPetronius is one of Nero s courtiers He makes the mistake of thinking that he can control Nero Like the moth who gets too close to the flame he perishes for being too close to the tyrant Petronius is a profoundly sympathetic character He is driven at all times by his love for his nephew Vinicius who falls in love with a Christian converts and marries herPetronius respects the Christians for their virtue but ultimately rejects Christianity because he feels that Christianity is opposed to human pleasure Like Socrates who drinks the hemlock Arbiter will choose the unchristian means of suicide to die when he falls out of favour with Nero and realizes that he is about to be executed uo Vadis then is a great novel about the tension between classical thought and the Christian religion Strangely enough it is the pagan stoic Petronius not the Christian Vinicius who gets the last word in the novelThe problem for many readers of the 21st century is that the second half of the novel is filled with descriptions of Chrisitans being devoured by lions and massacred by gladiators in the Roman Forum Tales of Christian martyrdom are simply considered to be in dreadful taste in today s world even if the historical record confirms that they did in fact take placeMany cultured individuals in today s Western society feel that our society should be examining its conscience about its sins imperialism slavery anti Semitism etc To individuals of this frame of mind discussion of persecution of Christians appears like a self serving way to divert attention from the many sins perpetrated by Christian societies I personally feel that Christians should be allowed to honour their own martyrs if this done without claiming virtues for our societies that they do not possessAs a final thought I would like to point out for non Catholic Christians that uo Vadis rigorously presents Christianity in its pre Roman Catholic form Although Sienkiewicz was a strong adherent of the Roman Catholic Church its present form he goes to great pains to show that early Christianity was much different There are no priests or clergy in uo Vadis The early Christians simply endeavoured to follow Christ They had beliefs but no theology In a word Christians of any stripe will enjoy uo Vadis I recommend this book highly However I think that one should read Petronius Arbiter s Satyricon first and either the Annales by Tacitus or the Twelve Ceasars by Suetonius Without such a preparation uo Vadis risks becoming a melodramatic tale of Christian virtue opposed to Pagan gore Kepple review may not be terribly helpful To those of you of my generation I will say that uo Vadis is a wonderful novel about the Roman Empire in the First Century of the modern era when Rome was entering its decadent era It is better than anything written by Robert Graves who still must considered an outstanding writer In places it is as lurid as the Fellini s SatyriconPublished in 1895 uo Vadis addressed the great uestion that had been The Second Book of Robert E Howard religion of the Roman Empire Its pacifist teachings seemed entirely 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uo Vadis? review ´ 103 Ona do otrzymania przez pisarza literackiej nagrody Nobla Książka w dwóch wersjach językowych po angielsku i po polsku Why does crime even when as powerful as C sar and assured of being beyond punishment strive always for the appearances of truth justice and virtue Why does it take the trouble Why is this What a marvelous involuntary homage paid to virtue by evil And know what strikes me This that it is done because transgression is ugly and virtue is beautiful Usually stories about extremes of beauty and ugliness great good and terrible evil tend to make us roll our eyes and suirm in our chairs We think nobody is that fill in the virtue or that fill in the vice However there are times in history when people have had total power over their fellows and we see clearly Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely Virtue is the only check on power Either the virtue of the head or the virtues of those they govern That is the appeal of this novel and why despite the extremes it is so well loved uo Vadis takes place in Ancient Rome in the time of the musically mad Emperor Nero It primarily concerns the pagan Marcus Vinicius who has fallen madly in love with Lygia raised in the house of Aulus Plautius a general of British fame and his wife Pomponia Graecina as their daughter though she was originally a Lygian captive Unbeknownst to Vinicius Lygia is also a Christian a new sect at that time though not well understood Wild rumors circulate concerning Christian practices Petronius Marcus uncle tries to help Vinicius secure Lygia for his concubine though the younger man would have been willing to marry her he is so completely besotted with her This misguided effort sets off a series of unfortunate events which drive the two young people farther and farther apart Meanwhile we are introduced to the debaucheries of Nero s court his assembly of ruffians and scoundrels buffoons and so called friends including Petronius We are also made aware of the growing presence of Christians in the Roman capital mostly fictional but also the real Sts Peter and Paul The novel thrives on irony some subtle some blatant Petronius is the master manipulator He alone seems to know how to appreciate Nero s verses his musical genius and compliment him in a way so ridiculously fawning only Nero s ego could possibly believe such praise One particular example Nero however inuired in a honeyed voice in which or less deeply wounded vanity was uivering What defect dost thou find in them Do not believe them said Petronius attacking him and pointing to those present they understand nothing Thou hast asked what defect there is in thy verses If thou desire truth I will tell thee Thy verses would be worthy of Virgil of Ovid even of Homer but they are not worthy of thee Thou art not free to write such The conflagration described by thee does not blaze enough thy fire is not hot enough Listen not to Lucan s flatteries Had he written those verses I should acknowledge him a genius but thy case is different And know thou why Thou art greater than they From him who is gifted of the gods as thou art is demanded But thou art slothful thou wouldst rather sleep after dinner than sit to wrinkles Thou canst create a work such as the world has not heard of to this day hence I tell thee to thy eyes write better And he said this carelessly as if bantering and also chiding but C sar s eyes were mist covered from delight For all that I enjoyed Petronius Chilo was still the most interesting character study He is thoroughly despicable in the beginning in every way imaginable His weaselly groveling lies are despicably admirable even to see him caught in them Then as the story progresses and he seems to reach new levels of depravity something of the evil miasma all around him begins to have its affect or was it the remembered kindness the Christians showed him Chilo is worth watchingYes it is a romance but so much A glimpse of early Christianity Roman life and a close up portrait of Nero and his reign Excellent dialogue history a great classic November 15 2005 One of my favorite works of historical fictionI just wish I remembered the entirety of the story better Guess I need to reread