[Reading] ➺ Quo Vadis? Author Henryk Sienkiewicz – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Nella Roma decadente e crudele dell'epoca di Nerone centro del mondo e del crogiuolo di tutte le razze e religioni dell'antichità il giovane patrizio Vinicio si innamora della timida Licia figlia di Nella Roma decadente e crudele dell'epoca di Nerone centro del mondo e del crogiuolo di tutte le razze e religioni dell'antichità il giovane patrizio Vinicio si innamora della timida Licia figlia di un re svevo allevata a Roma e educata alla religione cristiana Una passione drammatica e tormentata su cui la storia rovescia tutta la folle ferocia della prima grande persecuzione contro i fedeli del nuovo culto Introduzione di Witold Gombrovicz. 795 From 1001 Books uo Vadis A Narrative of the Time of Nero uo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewiczuo Vadis A Narrative of the Time of Nero commonly known as uo Vadis is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz in Polish uo vadis Domine? is Latin for Where are you going Lord? and appears in Chapter 69 of the novel in a retelling of a story from the apocryphal Acts of Peter in which Peter flees Rome but on his way meets Jesus and asks him why he is going to Rome Jesus says If thou desertest my people I am going to Rome to be crucified a second time which shames Peter into going back to Rome to accept martyrdomعنوانها «هوسهای امپراطور»؛ «هوسهای امپراتور، کجا میروی زندگی پرماجرای نرون»؛ «کجا میروی»؛ نویسنده هنریک سینکویچ؛ انتشاراتیها اطلاعات، امیرکبیر، نشر سمیر؛ نشر ماهی؛ ادبیات سده 19میلادی کشور لهستان؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش روز دهم ماه آوریل سال 1971میلادیعنوان هوسهای امپراطور کجا میروی؟؛ نویسنده هنریک سینکویچ؛ برگردان حسن شهباز، تهران، اطلاعات، 1332؛ در 475ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، امیرکبیر، 1333، در 475ص؛ چاپ سوم 1339؛ چاپ چهارم 1353؛ در 543ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، ماهی، 1389، در 687ص؛شابک 9789649971575؛ چاپ بعدی 1390؛ چاپ چهارم ماهی 1392؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، امیرکبیر، 1395؛ در 711ص؛ شابک 9789640017166 موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان لهستانی سده 19معنوان هوسهای امپراتور؛ نویسنده هنریک سینکویچ؛ برگردان بهرام افراسیابی، تهران، سخن، 1370؛ در 580ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1373؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، مهرفام، 1382، شابک 9649436472؛عنوان کجا میروی؛ نویسنده هنریک سینکویچ؛ برگردان مهدی علوی؛ تهران، نشر سمیر، 1380؛ در 137ص؛ شابک 9646552080؛روایتگر عشقی است انسانساز و روشنگر، بین سرداری به نام «مارکوس وینچیوس»؛ و شاهزاده خانمی از سرزمین «لیژین»؛ به نام «کالینا» که در بیشتر صفحات کتاب، او را به نام «لیژیا» میشناسیم، و در خلال این جریان، اوضاع اجتماعی و سیاسی حاکم بر «رم» باستان؛ در زمان حکمرانی «نرون»، بیان میشود؛ «مارکوس» و «لیژیا»، بر خلاف دیگرانی که در کتاب حضور دارند، هر دو از شخصیتهای خیالی، و ساختگی هستند؛ خوانشگر در سیر داستان درمییابد، که چگونه عشق، به عنوان یکی از مظاهر زیبایی، سردار صاحب منصب و مقام را، از گذشته ی پر زرق و برق خویش، جدا میکند؛ و زندگی او را اگرچه آمیخته با درد، ولی زیبا میسازد، و از پیله ی زندگی وی، موجودی کامل بیرون میآورد؛ «کلادیوس سزار دروسوس گرمانیکوس»، معروف به «نرون»، به شهادت تاریخ نویسان، یکی از بی رحمترین و سفاکترین حاکمان بوده؛ که از بدو خلقت، تاریخ کمتر همانند او را به خود دیده استتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 17081399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی 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 Caesar enjoys but though he is terrible his voice and music are a small sacrifice for his friendship and the vast benefits he showers Petronius the Arbiter of Elegance and close friend of the vicious ruler has much influence in the court A well educated and secret writer of The Satyricon the first novel with poetry He doesn't take credit as the author Petronius likes to live in Rome not exiled as others have been The book ridicules certain Roman patricians their society both he is part of In the arts nobody knows than he Marcus Vinicius a military tribune his nephew back from a war in Asia Minor informs his uncle in the opulent steamy Roman Baths that he has fallen madly in love with a pretty maiden While recovering from an injury in the house of Aulus Plautius a retired and honored general who helped in conuering Britain The girl is the daughter of a foreign king a Roman hostage now living in the home of the General's and Pomponia Graecina the wife of Aulus she becomes very fond of her treated like a daughter Since all her relatives perished Lygia now considers them her new family The young patrician soldier must have her as his concubine but Lygia is a secret Christian and though she loves him will not accept that Marcus seeks his uncle's influence to get the girl away from her loved ones Nero has Lygia come to his palace to be examined the Emperor likes attractive women but the noble clever arbiter of elegance tells him she is too narrow in the hips not true and a compliment today still it saves the lady Poppaea the Emperor's cruel new wife hates the maiden naturally Tigellinus ambitious head of the Praetorian Guard he likes to kill hates Petronius his arch rival Given to Marcus however with the help of Ursus Lygia's devoted servant as big as a giant and as strong as an ox escapes easily before reaching the tribune's house Which so angers the lovesick Marcus nothing else matters needs only to recover his prize greatly effecting his health With the assistance of Christians including St Peter and Paul she is well hidden Fires break out soon after in the vast city countless building are incinerated the illustrious capital of the world is tumbling down People are perishing in its flames shooting high into the night sky bright now as daylight crowds are streaming out of the infernal the thick smoke chokes the heat and flames killing thousands winds spreading the insatiable fires Everyone but Marcus the soldier flee in a desperate effort to rescue his beloved enters the doomed town staggering in the hopeless search hardly able to breath falling but getting up he must continue the uest or die trying The frightened Nero afraid of the people's wrath blames the obscure Christians for the disaster many will bravely die in the bloody arena The Roman masses must be appeased A surprisingly enchanting book which never fails to entertain the reader SuperbYou must have read this novelGripping and full steam to the heartA wonderfull book dont miss itI love it so much I cant say accuratetly how I enyoyed it 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 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 Roman centurion and a beautiful Christian princess in exile The story's central conflict takes place in the person of the centurion's friend who also happens to be a cultural lackey in the court of Nero And there is great action provided by the princesses personal bodyguard who probably would have been competitive in the WWF Sienkiewicz's view of Christianity is strikingly progressive for his time While he makes a remarkably strong effort to unite sexual desire into conversion and Christian love there remain strong hints of 19th century romanticism In the end we find out that Sienkiewicz's ultimate goal is not necessarily spiritual but historical The climax of the book has St Peter making eye contact with Nero the great transition in history marking the passing of the old worldly order to a new other worldly order Yes Saints Peter and Paul do make several cameos in this story I liked it very much This is actually my second time reading this awesome timeless masterpiceHere you have a great lovestory then also a historic novel and also a political thrillerLet me put it this way uo Vadis will blow you awayAlso it's not a cliche that I say I coud not put it downThis novel simple is indeed so good that I had to get on reading even although with itching eyes and tireduo Vadis will enhance and inspire your faith as a christian but even if you are not yet a christian you shoudn't ommit this literary jewel and bereave yourself in this wayAt the end of the day it's up to you but let me tell you that if you want to advance your literary skills and at the same time are willing to let you sweep away by this powerful narration then you have clearly only one choice to make read itFor my part I can say that I was raptured to another estrange and perilous world Nero and his delusions a murder and also an antichrist his hands full of innocent bloodThis novel like the Titanic is also an allegory to our present time in various levels and waysOur society sadly to say is also marked by a chronic injustice and much bloodshed Also we have the so called elite which live in their delusions and artificial worldSo yes a great novel indeed it hasn't lost the power of his voice to our present realityI want to conclude by saying that I love uo Vadis by Sienkiewicz this novel it's much than a mere classic it's an event with the inner dwelling power of transforming your consciosness and awarenessAfter reading uo Vadis you will see things in different ways because of your growing realization and awarenessSo yes five stars and to all my goodreads friendsHappy readinglDean;D Near the end of uo 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 saysThere are only two philosophers that I care about Pyrrho and Anacreon You know what they stand for The rest along with the new Greek schools and all the Roman Stoics you can have for the price of beans Truth lives somewhere so high that even the gods can't see it from OlympusV p 566It is interesting to note that Pyrrho is noted for a philosophy of skepticism that claims the impossibility of knowledge For him our own ignorance or doubt should induce us to withdraw into ourselves avoiding the stress and emotion which belong to the contest of vain imaginings This theory of the impossibility of knowledge suggests a sort of agnosticism and its ethical implications may be compared with the ideal tranuility of the Stoics and Epicureans who were popular among Romans This certainly contrasts with the Christian spiritual view that emphasizes belief in the supernatural It is a philosophy that at least for Petronius lets him face death uneuivocally with a sort of stoicism that provides a potent example in opposition to the Christian view It also is an example of the breadth of beliefs shown by Sienkiewicz in his portrayal of the culture and character of the Roman worldThis contrast of philosophies underlies the novel and made it interesting to me than the simple love story that it also presents In uo Vadis we are presented with an historical novel of depth that shows us the corruption and depravity of Nero's Rome while it presents the worlds of aesthetics and skepticism represented by Petronius and that of the young Christian sect whose believers include Peter and Paul of biblical fame and Ligia the barbarian princess who becomes the focus of young Vicinius' amour It is perhaps not a coincidence that the nineteenth century had several writers Bulwer Lytton Kingsley and Wallace including Sienkiewicz who reacted to the prevalence of anti christian views among the romantics Shelley et al This is seen in the pronounced admiration for the poor Christians and the sensational nature of the culmination of the story involving the Neronic destruction of many of the Christians in terrifically brutal games In spite of this Sienkiewicz through vivid detail creates a believable historical setting for his love story; and overcoming his biased portrayal of the Christians and the contrast with the irrationality and evil of Nero he succeeds in telling a moving and thoughtful portrayal of Rome in the first century AD ‘Why does crime even when as powerful as Cæsar 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 Cæsar’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 Clearly capturing the depravity of man while outlining the persecution of the early church uo Vadis vividly depicts first century life in the Roman Empire for slave centurion and emperor As Sienkiewicz's final display of descriptive prowess at the climax he floods his readers' senses with the evidence of a smoldering Rome I've never been so tantalized by antiuity than after reading this historical fictionAll the while reading a bit like a best seller and not an epic novel from the 1800's Marvellously written uo 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 first Christians practicing austerity compassion and aiming at a classless society Vitinius transformation due to the redeeming power of love leads him to embrace Christ and reject the life he had previously known
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