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Quo Vadis? ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Quo Vadis? Author Henryk Sienkiewicz – This glorious saga unfolds against the backdrop of ancient Romefrom the Forum to the Coliseum, from banquet halls to summer retreats in Naples, from the luxurious houses of the nobility to the hovels This glorious saga unfolds against the backdrop of ancient Romefrom the Forum to the Coliseum, from banquet halls to summer retreats in Naples, from the luxurious houses of the nobility to the hovels of the poor, Quo Vadis richly depicts a place and time still captivating to the modern imagination This radiant translation by WS Kuniczak restores the original glory and richness of master storyteller Henryk Sienkiewicz's epic taleSet at a turning point in history AD , as Christianity replaces the era of corruption and immorality that marked Nero's Rome, Quo Vadis abounds with compelling characters, including:Vinicius, the proud centurion who has fallen deeply in love with a mysterious young woman who disappears the night they meet;Ligia, the elusive beauty Vinicius will not easily win her love, for she is a Christian, one of the group of dedicated believers led by the apostle Peter Christians are rare in pagan, hedonistic Rome, and suffer great persecution;Petronius, uncle to Vinicius, an elegant, witty courtier who scoffs at love and religion but finds his nephew's passion charming; andNero himself, enemy of all Christians, a despotic emperor who plunges Rome deeper and deeper into depravity The decadence of his banquets is staggering; and even worse, his mad laughter is heard echoing in the amphitheater as gladiators duel to the deathAs Nero's appalling plans for the Christians become ever clearer, time appears to be running out for the young lovers Vinicius must come to understand the true meaning of Ligia's religion before it is too lateGrand in scope and ambition, Quo Vadis explores the themes of love, desire and profound moral courage Lavish descriptions, vivid dialogue and brilliantly drawn characters make this one of the world's greatest epics Beloved by children and adults the world over, Quo Vadis has been the subject of five films, two of them in English.

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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    795. Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero = Quo Vadis, Henryk Sienkiewicz
    Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz in Polish. Quo 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 martyrdom.
    عنوانها: هوسهای امپراطور؛ هوسهای امپراتور؛ کجا می‌روی - زندگی پرماجرای نرون؛ نویسنده: هنریک سینکویچ؛ انتشاراتیها: اطلاعات، امیرکبیر، نشر سمیر؛ نشر ماهی؛ ادبیات سده 19 میلادی لهستان؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دهم آوریل سال 1971 میلادی
    عنوان: هوسهای امپراطور - (کجا میروی؟)؛ نویسنده: هنریک سینکویچ؛ برگردان: حسن شهباز، تهران، اطلاعات، 1332؛ در 475 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، امیرکبیر، 1333، در 475 ص؛ چاپ سوم 1339؛ چاپ چهارم 1353؛ در 543 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، ماهی، 1389، در 687 ص؛
    شابک: 9789649971575؛ چاپ بعدی 1390؛ چاپ چهارم ماهی 1392؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، امیرکبیر، 1395؛ در 711 ص؛ شابک: 9789640017166؛
    عنوان: هوسهای امپراتور؛ نویسنده: هنریک سینکویچ؛ برگردان: بهرام افراسیابی، تهران، سخن، 1370؛ در 580 ص؛ چاپ چهارم 1373؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، مهرفام، 1382، شابک: 9649436472؛
    عنوان: کجا می‌روی؛ نویسنده: هنریک سینکویچ؛ برگردان: مهدی علوی؛ تهران، نشر سمیر، 1380؛ در 137 ص؛ شابک: 9646552080؛
    روایتگر عشقی ست 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 است. ا. شربیانی

  2. Henry Avila Henry Avila says:

    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 more 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 conquering 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 quest 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...

  3. Dean Dean says:

    You must have read this novel.
    Gripping and full steam to the heart.
    A wonderfull book, dont miss it.
    I love it so much, I cant say accuratetly how I enyoyed it.

  4. Czarny Pies Czarny Pies says:

    Quo Vadis
    Henry Sienkiewicz`s Quo 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 Quo 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 Satyricon.
    Published in 1895, Quo Vadis addressed the great question 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 required explanation.
    Sienkiewicz'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 entertainment.
    Sienkiewicz might seem to be a simplistic moralizer especially to anyone who has had the misfortune to see any of the movies based on Quo Vadis. However, in Quo Vadis he shows great subtlety and an excellent knowledge of the Latin literature of the eras.
    Sienkiewicz's critics might argue that he too readily accepted the versions of Suetonius and Tacitus on Nero during whose reign the events of Quo 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 so.
    However, 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 Christians.
    Petronius 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 her.
    Petronius 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. Quo 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 novel.
    The 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 place.
    Many 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 possess.
    As a final thought, I would like to point out for non-Catholic Christians that Quo 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 Quo Vadis. The early Christians simply endeavoured to follow Christ. They had beliefs but no theology. In a word, Christians of any stripe will enjoy Quo 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 Quo Vadis risks becoming a melodramatic tale of Christian virtue opposed to Pagan gore.

  5. Stephen Stephen says:

    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.

  6. Dean Dean says:

    This is actually my second time reading this awesome timeless masterpice!!!
    Here you have a great lovestory, then also a historic novel and also a political thriller ..
    Let me put it this way: Quo Vadis will blow you away!!!
    Also it's not a cliche that I say: I coud not put it down..
    This novel simple is indeed so good that I had to get on reading even although with itching eyes and tired!!!

    Quo 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 way!!!
    At 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 it!!!

    For 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 blood!!!
    This novel, like the Titanic is also an allegory to our present time in various levels and ways..
    Our 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 world!!!

    So, yes!!! a great novel indeed.. it hasn't lost the power of his voice to our present reality..
    I want to conclude by saying that I love Quo Vadis by Sienkiewicz, this novel it's much more than a mere classic, it's an event with the inner dwelling power of transforming your consciosness and awareness..
    After reading Quo Vadis you will see things in different ways because of your growing realization and awareness!!!

    So, yes, five stars and to all my goodreads friends:

    Happy reading..l!!!


  7. Jim Jim says:

    Near the end of Quo 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 says:

    There 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 Olympus.(QV, p. 566)

    It 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 tranquility of the Stoics and Epicureans (who were more 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 unequivocally 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 world.

    This contrast of philosophies underlies the novel and made it more interesting to me than the simple love story that it also presents. In Quo 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 A.D.

  8. booklady booklady says:

    ‘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 squirm 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.

    Quo 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, inquired in a honeyed voice, in which more or less deeply wounded vanity was quivering,— “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, more 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 more 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 watching.

    Yes, it is a romance, but so much more. 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 fiction...I just wish I remembered the entirety of the story better. Guess I need to reread.

  9. Erica Erica says:

    Clearly capturing the depravity of man while outlining the persecution of the early church, Quo 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 antiquity than after reading this historical fiction.

    All the while reading a bit like a best seller and not an epic novel from the 1800's.

  10. Gisela Pérez Gisela Pérez says:

    Marvellously written , Quo 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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