Render Unto Caesar

Render Unto Caesar

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Hermogenes is a young Greek from Alexandria, heir to a noble and vibrant society. But in his youth Hermogenes and his family were held captive to the whims of the queen Cleopatra, whose machinations spelled doom for an entire nation--whose schemes for empire caused the might of Rome to conquer his people. While the citizens of Rome may ape Hellenic ways, the Alexandrian Greeks are viewed as less than human because they are not of Rome.
But a man may win the coveted citizenship in more ways than birth on Roman soil. When Hermogenes father is granted such a boon, it appears as if his family has found favor from the gods--except then a business deal goes sour and Hermogenes father dies at sea. It is left to Hermogenes to reclaim all monies owed to the family... including a debt from a very well connected Roman consul who has reneged on his obligations and refuses to deal with "Greek trash."
Hermogenes will travel to Rome to reclaim what he is owed and finds it is no simple matter. Along the way, he will encounter base desire and power struggles, plots within plots... and a beautiful woman gladiator who is more than she seems. His life is in danger, and ultimately Hermogenes is left with the question:
Can the conferring of a title make one truly Roman? And if not, how far will a man go to satisfy honor?
Render unto Caesar is a fascinating historical that explores the nature of what it means to be free, to truly be a citizen of Rome, and the lengths a man will go to call himself a man.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765306531
0765306530
Branch Call Number: FIC Brads
Characteristics: 461 p.

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Jan 02, 2013

NOT FOR YOUTH! This is a fabulous historical fiction that really captured what I thought to be authentic Roman day to day life as far as we can tell, including the relations and prejudices they they held for the Greeks. The characters were well developed and multi-layered. The plot drew me in and kept me till the very last page. This is NOT a book for children or teenagers to read. I initially intended this book for my 13 year old homeschool boy and thankfully I decided to take the time to read it prior to giving it to him. There are incidences of homosexuality and rape of slaves and youth (authentic to this time period) occuring or discussed by the characters on several occasions. It's to bad really, because otherwise it would be good educational literature.

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