Stories on the grandest scale…
with characters and themes to match
THE TIME is nineteen centuries ago…in an age of clashing empires and clashing gods.
THE ARCHENEMY POWERS of Rome and Parthia revel at their apex of might
and mutual hatred—while their national fates are astonishingly and intricately linked
to three people caught in a complex interplay of closeness and separation:
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ and the Parthian woman’s only son, a youth of beautiful bearing and prodigious skill—born into Roman slavery, yet growing up captivated by the pride and pomp and glory of Rome’s legions, much to his mother’s grief. Tragic and traumatic circumstances will thrust him as a young man into a raging civil war in Parthia where all sides stake a life-or-death claim on his future, as he follows a sacrificial path for the sake of the woman he loves—and the friend who betrays him.
PRESSING UNCOMFORTABLY upon their lives—and upon a colorful host of supporting characters—are competing religious forces in that strongly religious age:
⋅⋅⋅ the tired old gallery of ancient Roman gods;
⋅⋅⋅⋅ the thriving and enticing mystery cult of Mithra the Bull-Slayer;
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ the alluringly powerful Magi of the East;
⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅ and an upstart rabble movement worshiping a crucified Palestinian teacher.
A spirited and intricately woven portrayal
of strong-willed characters striving for freedom,
for father-love, for fulfillment of their powerful dreams,
and for a viable faith that measures up
to life’s raging realities
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“Take new courage, allow no fear;
one day we may find it pleasant to look back
and remember this affliction.
Through untold dangers, countless twists,
our path still leads onward.”
—Virgil, Aeneid, I
* Soldier illustrations above by French painter Jacques-Louis David—
TOP: a pencil study for a section of David’s masterpiece “The Oath of the Horatii”;
BOTTOM: detail from David’s “The Oath of the Horatii”