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Pilate's Wife: A Novel of the Roman Empire
Pilate's Wife A Novel of the Roman Empire
Author: Antoinette May
Claudia's dreams have an uncanny way of coming true. She often "sees" things, real things, before they happen. But her gift can also be a curse in a time of deadly politics and social unrest. While destiny leads her to the temple of Isis, to Pompeii's Villa of Mysteries, the infamous snake pit of Pergamon, and into the arms of the Roman magistra...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061128660
ISBN-10: 006112866X
Publication Date: 10/1/2007
Pages: 400
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Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Book Type: Paperback
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The tale is told by Claudia, the wife of Pilate, who has visions of the future. Drawn by the goddess, Isis, she becomes an initiate and follower. She travels with her family because her father is a good friend of Germanicus, her uncle and a famous general. Men have no interest for Claudia until she is drawn to Pilate and marries him. At this point Germanicus becomes ill and is the first of the family to die. She loses her parents, two brothers, her sister and her aunt at the whim of Tiberius. Knowing that her husband has other women, she has just her daughter to comfort her. She has encounters Holtan, a famous gladiator, whom she met as a child, when she "saw" he would win in the arena. Drawn to him, she realizes that she loves him. Claudia has an affair with Holtan which is discovered by Tiberius' wife, Livia, who arranges to have Pilate and Claudia sent to Judea. She begins having visions about crosses, death and a face she has seen before - Jesus, of course. Then her lover dies of the plague. This is a pleasant if predictable read because we know the story so well.
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Claudia is a woman from a wealthy family, living in Rome. At the marrying age, she spies Pilate from afar, and asks her goddess Isis to cast a love spell on him. They marry, and go through what many couples today go through - loss of love, boredome, betrayal, but manage to keep their marriage together - fortunately for Claudia because Pilate could have her put to death. They travel throughout the Roman Empire, ending up in Judea at the time of Christ. As a Christian, the Roman point of view was an interesting perspective of Jesus' crucifixion. The disparity between the Roman way of life and the Jewish culture could have been develop more, but the picture was made very clear. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.