Quo Vadis,  A Narrative of the Time of Nero; Henryk Sienkiewicz; 1898; Little, Brown and Company publishers; Book very good condition, no dust cover.

 

This novel has been made into motion pictures several times, including a 1951 version that was nominated for eight Academy Awards.  For this and other novels, Sienkiewicz received the 1905 Nobel Prize for Literature.

 

"Petronius woke only about midday, and as usual greatly wearied.  The evening before he had been at one of Nero's feasts, which was prolinged till late at night.  For some time his health had been failing..."

 

Quo vadis? (Classical Latin: [kʷoː waːdis], Ecclesiastical Latin: [kʷo vaːdis]) is a Latin phrase meaning "Where are you going?"

 

The modern usage of the phrase refers to a Christian tradition regarding Saint Peter. According to the apocryptal Acts of Peter (Vercelli Acts XXXV), Peter flees from crucifixion in Rome at the hands of the government, and along the road outside the city, he meets the risen Jesus. In the Latin translation, Peter asks Jesus, "Quo vadis?" He replies, "Romam eo iterum crucifigi ("I am going to Rome to be crucified again").

Quo Vadis, A Narrative of the Time of Nero

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