Peaceloving blacksmith Marcus refuses lucrative offers to fight in the arena...until his wife dies for lack of medical care. His life as a gladiator coarsens him, and shady enterprises make him the richest man in Pompeii, while his son Flavius (who met Jesus on a brief visit to Judaea) is as gentle as Marcus once was. The final disaster of Marcus and Flavius's cross purposes is interrupted by the eruption of Vesuvius.—Rod Crawford
based on novel, irony, jerusalem, materialism, miracle, orphan, puppet show, sadism, self sacrifice, slave, horse thief, greek, death of son, volcano, ancient rome, slavery, epic, adopted son, arena, building collapse
A fairly decent piece of fiction.
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