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[Samuel Bronston's] The Fall of the Roman Empire

Author(s): Whittington, Harry Pages: 240
Publisher: Fawcett Date of Publication: 1964
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Rome & prov Period: ca. 180Ð192 AD (Code: 8a - 8b1)
Rome Setting: y/3 Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Subject: Marcus Aurelius, Commodus. Virtuous Roman commander, emperorÕs beautiful daughter, evil Commodus, orgies, Christians martyred.
Unique Qualities: The book from the film with Sophia Loren.
Rating: ÒThough it starts off with a rather convincing picture of Marcus Aurelius, most of the rest is nonsense which gets worse as it goes along into the reign of Commodus. As far as I know, most of the events described did not happen, and the story is the stereotyped one of stern, virtuous Roman commander, the emperorÕs beautiful daughter forced into a loveless marriage, the monster who succeeds to the throne, orgies at court, a few Christians martyred, and at the end the lovers riding off into the sunsetÓ. (Ridington)

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