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A spectacular work of history and a sweeping story. (Christian Observer 2004-06-03)

A splendid work. . . objective, interesting, and thought provoking. (Norman Vincent Peale 2004-06-03)

Different religious persuasions will enjoy this unique book. The approach is reverent and not debunking. (Los Angeles Times 2004-06-03)

Fact-filled, interesting, and successful. . . splendid research. This book is beautiful. (Christian Century 2004-06-03)

Fascinating. . . brings a new perspective to a story we have known all our lives. (Redbook 2004-06-03)

For the supremely pivotal event of the Resurrection, Paul Maier's book lends fresh and scholarly support. (Billy Graham 2004-06-03)

In The Flames of Rome, Paul Maier has accomplished a tremendously challenging project, and he has done so with wonderful clarity and accuracy. (Christian Library Journal 2004-06-03)

The author is at home in the vast literature of his subject. (New York Times Book Review 2004-06-03)

Tremendously worthwhile. . . intensely enlightening and interesting. . . a wonderful book. (Christian Herald 2004-06-03)

Vivid style and keen insights make this book a delight and a genuine educational experience. --(Moody Magazine 2004-06-03)

About the Author

Paul L. Maier is the former Russell H. Seibert Professor of Ancient History (retired) at Western Michigan University and an award-winning author whose expertise in first-century studies and extensive travels in the Middle East and Asia Minor provide historical authenticity and compelling drama to his writing. His other writings include the ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winning volume Josephus: The Essential Writings, as well as The Flames of Rome, and the best-selling novel, A Skeleton in God’s Closet.

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  • File Size: 1259 KB
  • Print Length: 456 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0825443547
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications; 3 edition (March 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IYSMY18
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Robert Wormley on September 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the second documentary novel by Dr. Maier (see Pontius Pilate) and is a great introduction to the complex history of the period ruled by Claudius and Nero. Maier takes the primary source material and crafts it into a novel which nontheless stays as true to history as is capable.
I learned much more about the background to the New Testament Church from this book than I did with many seminary bible classes. Dr. Maier actually footnotes many key elements of his novel, and the footnotes will lead you into the tangle of primary sources without getting too lost.
If you want to understand what Paul and the early Church were up against, by all means pick up this book.
4 stars (not 5) due to some slighlty juvenile romance between some of the main characters that takes a little pleasure out of the experience.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By mjanke on October 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
From the author of A Skeleton In God's Closet. Outstanding historical fiction, telling the story of Nero's rise to power as emperor of Rome, why he "went bad," and climaxing in the infamous burning of Rome that was blamed on the Christians. This book takes a plethora of historical research, uses that as its foundation, and fills in the blanks with some fine speculation and character enhancement by Maier. It makes history come alive, with vivid brush strokes. This is a definate hidden gem, and one that anyone interested in this era will want to search out.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 27, 1998
Format: Paperback
Along w/ historical notes by a well-respected historian, Flames of Rome offers an interesting and attention-capturing account of Nero's persection of the Christians in 65 AD. Characters are well developed and believable. If you like historical fiction, that is heavy on the history and less on the fiction, this is the book for you.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
One of my favorite books! The story is incredibly moving and inspirational. Strengthened my faith to see the faith of these martyrs in action. The heavy historical documentation only caused me to honor these Christian heroes even more and hope to live my life similarly. Strongly recommend this book!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd A. Conway on June 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
The subtitle, "A Documentary Novel," is accurate. The author's novel (pun intended) approach to writing this book was to use only historical personages, and to take no literary license. Fiction there is, but no historical fact is contradicted, and the fill-in fictionalizing is done on the most probabalistic lines. This genre of work is just a few degrees removed from that of Edmund Morris' "Dutch," the Reagan bio into which the author inserted himself as a ficticious person. The detailed notes appended to the story validate the scope and many of the details of the plot. The minute research and command of all surviving historical works from the period, down to unpublished inscriptions found on ruins across the breadth of the Roman Empire, mark the author as among the most deeply versed Classicists alive. As literature, the book's readable and fast-paced plot does not rise to the level of "Quo Vadis?" or "Ben Hur," but easily compares with "The Robe." A stimulating and enjoyable read - all the more facinating because all of the named characters are authentically historical. -Lloyd A. Conway
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on October 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Accounts of the early Christians in ancient Rome sometimes portray all Roman characters as evil, cruel and greedy. Maier provides a more nuanced understanding of the sitatution through his sympathetic portrayal of Flavius Sabinus, a Roman administrator (not himself a Christian) who acts as as an advocate and protector when the wife of a friend is placed in jeopardy because of her religious beliefs. The story generates suspense even though the major culminating events (the burning of Rome and the subsequent execution of Christians by Nero) are well known. This novel was much, much better than I expected based on the title, the cover art, and the commentary on the cover. There was nothing preachy in the narration of the story. Historical fiction readers who do not generally read "Christian fiction" will find that this well researched novel provides a plausible look at life in first century Rome. Through the character of Flavius Sabinus, Maier showed that there were at least a few individual Romans who were horrified, rather than entertained, by Nero's execution of Christians.
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76 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A. Chavez on February 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
Other reviewers have already detailed all the great points of this book, so I won't repeat them, but I would like to give a warning. I purchased this book as part of the Sonlight curriculum for my 16 and 14 year old kids. I decided to read it myself first and then decided not to have them read it. I just wouldn't recommend it for teenagers due to the fairly graphic sexual information contained in it. I'm not opposed to telling the truth about a society, but I think there are limits to how many details the reader needs to know to understand the facts.

Here are a few of the details that concerned me:

a woman leaving claw marks across a man's chest when he refuses her sexual advances

falling into each other's arms, kissing and embracing with an intensity that astonished them

being "inflamed" by a kiss

empress removing her clothing in front of a Senator, with the description that she had a supple figure

thirteen year old youth hiding in the bathhouse watching young naked girls

This was just a little too much information for me to recommend it to teenagers. I wouldn't have a problem recommending it for an adult.
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