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The Nero Prediction [Kindle Edition]

Humphry Knipe
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Book Description

It is a time when Rome rules the world and astrologers rule Rome with their eerie doctrine that is part astronomy, part superstition and all powerful.
It is 48 AD and the Romans are searching the Museum of Alexandria for a sixteen-year-old who, according to court astrologers, is destined to play a fateful role in the future of the empire.
Tigellinus, handsome and ruthless, discovers Epaphroditus, a library slave who was born at the fated time and sends him to Rome to become the young Nero’s personal assistant.
There Epaphroditus battles court intrigues and struggles with the question whether Nero is the Christian’s Antichrist who “fiddled” while Rome burnt or a musical genius trapped inside a Caesar .

"Not since Marguerite Yourcenar and her novel Memoirs of Hadrian has there been
much of anything that actually places the reader, spirit and soul, in the time period
written about. Knipe fruitfully evokes the dreadful, constellated world of the hubristic yet musical emperor, making for a most vivifying and engaging read.”
—Jaye Beldo


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"An exciting and compelling read." -- Midwest Book Review—

"An imaginative, ingenious story about a time when astrology exceeded every religion in power and influence." -- Michael Grant, author of Nero: Emperor in Revolt

"Fascinating… Fans of astrology will delight in this compelling narrative, as will the lover of historical novels." -- James Herschel Holden, Research Director, American Federation of Astrologers

*WINNER* Best Historical Fiction Book -- 2006 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS BOOK AWARDS

Humphry Knipe has made an important contribution to our understanding of the ancient mental landscape." -- Miriam Griffin, author of Nero: End of a Dynasty

From the Publisher

This groundbreaking historical novel reads like a thriller and utilizes ancient and modern astrological charts to provide a unique insight into a misunderstood legend and the time in which he lived.

The Nero Prediction combines information gathered from astrologers and historians during the time of Nero with modern astrological software to recreate a predictive natal reading for the most infamous of emperors as well as a number of other key figures of the time. Knipe reveals how the predictions of ancient astrologers were uncannily accurate and shook the Empire to its core.

James Herschel Holden, Research Director of the American Federation of Astrologers, calls Nero: "Fascinating ... Fans of astrology will delight in this compelling narrative, as will the lover of historical novels. The book is enhanced by an appendix explaining the fundamentals of natal astrology and listing the birth dates of first century celebrities."

About ancient astrology... Though modern astrology emphasizes the psychological effects of the zodiac, ancient astrology concerned itself much more with prediction. Due to its perceived ability to foretell the downfall of emperors and the most auspicious moment for revolution, astrology’s influence on the world of ancient Rome was powerful and subversive. Tradition relates that the emperor Tiberius would order hurled from a cliff those astrologers whose advice and predictions he did not find satisfactory.

Due to its emphasis on the forecast of the future, classical astrology has enjoyed a small revival in recent years from astrologers who feel that its practical take on divination can breathe new life into modern practice.

"Classical astrology puts meat on the bones of astrology while adding height and depth to its soul and spirit. As a divinatory art and science (in its original meaning of ‘knowledge’), it helps to put us back in touch with the divine." —Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum, classicalastrology.org


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very worth the read. November 16, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I personally am 75% of the way through this novel. It is well worth the read. It was recommended to me by my father, who at age 93 has sight that is failing, and uses a reader.

Dad dictated the following review that he asked that I post on Amazon:

"Humphry Knipe's book is so important that I have been making do with the reading machine's deficiencies, slow work but in this case very rewarding. There has been so little attention paid to Nero that the text is fascinating, and nearly every word of it is news to me. Knipe is to be congradualted on discovering a gold mine of information about Nero and presenting it in a remarkable way.

As I read the book I became more and more fascinated by Nero himself, as well as Knipe's presentation of him. He was evidently much more complicated a person than the one usually described to us. This is a completely new view of Nero, and one that is much more sympathetic.

This is wonderful and fills a gap in the knowledge of Nero."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The singing Emporer's shield June 27, 2013
By Diana
Format:Kindle Edition
The Nero Prediction is an interesting historical fiction based in biblical times, a few years after Jesus' death but before Mark and Peter (an old man by now) died. Epaphroditus is a slave that belongs to the Copy Master who is sent to Rome because of his star chart. The empress, Agrippina, is convinced that he is the one to fulfill some things she believes he is fated for. She seems to manipulate people to make sure what she read in the stars came true. When Epaphroditus grows up a bit he starts to question fate and wonders if free will is real. It's a struggle for him to figure out what is truth and what is made by man for his own selfish desires.

I really like how Humphry Knipe puts it in Epaphroditus' perspective. Throughout the whole book you see the world through his eyes and his thoughts. You share in his confusions, triumphs, and losses. I also enjoyed how the Christians were portrayed. If you are not a Christian they may seem a bit crazy to you but if you are a true believer in Christ you will share their joy and excitement at the thought of meeting Him face to face. When the emperor Nero persecutes the Christians and subjects them to unmentionable deaths, you can feel Epaphroditus' unease and regret about suggesting Nero gets "poetic justice" on them. On the other hand you can feel the Christians joy at being so close to going home to Heaven.

I honestly can't find anything to not like about The Nero Prediction. Mr. Knipe did a wonderful job portraying the lifestyle back in the ancient Roman days. The rulers thought themselves gods and everyone, noble or not, was obsessed with astrology. They relied so heavily on their star charts it is amazing that anything ever got done. I highly recommend this to all readers no matter what your favorite genre is. Give it a try and delve into ancient Roman times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nero Prediction June 11, 2013
Format:Hardcover
Nero and Astrology

Humphry Knipe, The Nero Prediction, 2005, 285 pp.

Humphry Knipe has presented an ingenious idea to readers of historical fiction: Can astrology really guide the projection of famous figures from birth to death? Knipe presents twenty-three pages of astrology research and source documentation to make his point.

He presents a story of Emperor Nero's life (37-68 A.D.) in terms of the man who was eventually foretold to kill him: his former slave turned freedman protector against his enemies: Epaphroditus.

Knipe wants us to believe some of the ancient history of Rome regarding Nero- but not all. Nero was blamed for the Great Fire of Rome (18 July 64 A.D.) when he was actually not in the city at the time. His music playing and "musical wars" are used by his enemies against him as representative of his lack of attention to Rome's budget, diplomacy and politics.

Knipe is less kind in his determination of Nero's cruelty to the Christians, as well as the internecine rivalries at court and the Senate. He admits to Nero's plotting to kill his mother and stepbrother, as well as his wives and unborn heirs.

Knipe succeeds in presenting a detailed story that flows with "poetic tension" between the principals- one feels as if one has an "overview" of court life in first century A.D. Rome. The book can be read by historical scholars and laymen alike. Finally, Knipe offers readers with any questions to contact his astrology website for further detail or debate.

Andrew M. Mayer for Palmetto Review
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Set during 48 A.D., The Nero Prediction is a novel about the religious political intrigue surrounding Nero, in an era when Rome ruled the world and astrology allegedly ruled Rome. Agrippina, the niece of emperor Claudius and mother of the infant Nero, enlists the aid of Epaphroditus, a young slave, in a plot to protect herself from a prophecy that her own son would murder her. Yet when the fated time comes and the slave does not assassinate Nero as expected, Agrippina's own plots prove her destruction. As Nero becomes Caesar, he dreams of a Rome in which music, not military force, is power; yet such beliefs are heresy to apocalyptic Christians soon after "the Antichrist" Nero performs in public. Weaving threads of history into an ominous story of destiny and questioning whether Nero was truly a monster who fiddled while Rome burned or an artistic genius trapped in the role of Caesar, The Nero Prediction is an exciting and compelling read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about the Roman Empire and what transpired during ...
A great book about the Roman Empire and what transpired during Nero's reign. I would read it again in the future.
Published 4 days ago by Nadine R. Buchholtz
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
I almost didn't finish this multiple times but kept reading hoping it would get better. It didn't. It was ok but lacking something - like waiting for water to boil when the heat... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Frickmom
4.0 out of 5 stars This was unexpectedly story driven. I wanted a book ...
This was unexpectedly story driven. I wanted a book about Nero and this gave the history an interesting storyline with well developed imagery.
Published 1 month ago by Ashleigh R C Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical fiction
A well done historical fiction set in the lifetime of Nero. Epaphroditus is a slave in Alexandria, but he is purchased by a schemer and sent to work for Agrippina the Younger, who... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kara K. Prem
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Interesting. Ttook some hystorical liberties but still close enough. Did make Nero more human but he sure had problems
Published 2 months ago by Patricia D. Lubelczyk
2.0 out of 5 stars not terribly exciting.
It is a reasonably written book, not terribly exciting.
Published 3 months ago by Mariane Pedreira Munne
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Had trouble with the pronouncing of the names. It made the story confusing.
Published 3 months ago by Virginia Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars It was interesting to me to know Nero as a ...
It was interesting to me to know Nero as a young boy and how he turned into a cruel bully.
Published 3 months ago by Annmarie Rock
4.0 out of 5 stars Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?
A slave trained as a scribe has a most fortunate, or unfortunate, horoscope. The stars say he is to be the cause of Emperor Nero's death. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Meri Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars UCK, couldn't get past 10 percent
This is such a trite conglomeration of words that I can't begin to tell you how painful it was to read. There's just too much good stuff out there to read trash.
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia Hoelscher
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More About the Author

Humphry Knipe is a graduate of Rhodes University, South Africa. He is co-author of The Dominant Man (Delacorte 1972), a study of animal and human "pecking orders" which has been translated into five languages.

His historical novel The Nero Prediction, a re-evaluation of Rome's notorious emperor, won the 2006 IP "Best Historical Novel" award.

His most recent publication is Time Taxi, an illustrated children's book which dramatizes the story of human evolution. It was published in 2014 under the pen name Bruce Boyce.

He lives in Southern California.

Email: Humknipe@gmail.com

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