The Splendor Before the Dark

Nero’s ascent to the throne was only the beginning....Now Margaret George, the author of The Confessions of Young Nero, weaves a web of politics and passion, as ancient Rome’s most infamous emperor cements his place in history.

Author: Margaret George

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399584633

Category: Fiction

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Nero’s ascent to the throne was only the beginning....Now Margaret George, the author of The Confessions of Young Nero, weaves a web of politics and passion, as ancient Rome’s most infamous emperor cements his place in history. With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned. But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero’s complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace—and the politicians.... For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome’s—and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible. Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world has ever known. “A resplendent novel filled with the gilt and marble of the ancient world.”—C. W. Gortner, author of The Romanov Empress

Darkness and Dawn

Or, Scenes in the Days of Nero, an Historic Tale Frederic William Farrar ... might
come on some figure ' weeping tears of blood , ' which vanished with ' hollow
shriek ' before the presence of the innocent . ... She was the great -
granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus ; the granddaughter of the victorious
Agrippa ; the great - niece of ... Had she not sat on a throne , in unwonted
splendour , by the side of her weak and prematurely aged husband at the
reception of foreign ambassadors ?

Author: Frederic William Farrar

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Category: Rome

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Tacitus and Bracciolini

Author: John Wilson Ross

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ISBN: 1406840513

Category: History

Page: 224

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Paris In Ruins

The story of two women whose families were caught up in the defense of Paris is deeply moving and suspenseful ~~ Margaret George, author of Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero Tod is not only a good historian, but also an ...

Author: M.K. Tod

Publisher: Heath Street Publishing

ISBN: 0991967054

Category: Fiction

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Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and people they love. The story of two women whose families were caught up in the defense of Paris is deeply moving and suspenseful ~~ Margaret George, author of Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero Tod is not only a good historian, but also an accomplished writer … a gripping, well-limned picture of a time and a place that provide universal lessons ~~ Kirkus Reviews. A few weeks after the abdication of Napoleon III, the Prussian army lays siege to Paris. Camille Noisette, the daughter of a wealthy family, volunteers to nurse wounded soldiers and agrees to spy on a group of radicals plotting to overthrow the French government. Her future sister-in-law, Mariele de Crécy, is appalled by the gaps between rich and poor. She volunteers to look after destitute children whose families can barely afford to eat. Somehow, Camille and Mariele must find the courage and strength to endure months of devastating siege, bloody civil war, and great personal risk. Through it all, an unexpected friendship grows between the two women, as they face the destruction of Paris and discover that in war women have as much to fight for as men. War has a way of teaching lessons—if only Camille and Mariele can survive long enough to learn them. M.K. Tod's elegant style and uncanny eye for time and place again shine through in her riveting new tale, Paris in Ruins ~~ Jeffrey K. Walker author of No Hero’s Welcome

Vatican Splendour

Condemned by the Emperor Nero , they were martyred on the Via Aurelia , where
their tomb is to be found and where subsequently a basilica was erected . ... His
biographers record that Valentin was protected by Cardinal Francesco Barberini ,
whose portrait he painted before 1628 ... in the Contarelli Chapel of the French
church S. Luigi dei Francesi , is obvious in the dark background , the dramatic ...

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Transactions of the Architectural Institute of Scotland

We find also Seneca , ( who lived in the Emperor Nero's reign ( A.D. 64 ) , and
was by him , in his old age , put to death , ) in one ... dated from the villa or
country house of Scipio Africanus , who lived about 200 years before him ,
deplores the excess of ... He gives a description of the splendour and great art of
the Roman baths , and laments that baths of plebeians were ... the bath is close
and confined , and dark , • after the old fashion , for our forefathers combined heat
with obscurity .

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A literal translation of the Latin text of Hugo Grotius On the truth of the Christian religion with notes by T Sedger

Moreover , - in addition to those things which have been alleged before - the
PAGAN RELIGION AFFORDS us ( supplies us with ) ... times , when emperors
either employed force and punishments , as did the former emperors , ( such as
Nero , Domitian , etc . ] ... it daily ; not through any force opposed to it ; not through
the splendour ( illustriousness ) of birth , ( for JESUS was looked upon by ... The
dark places of the earth were full of the habitations of cruelty , " as well as of
licentiousness .

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Johnson s New Universal Cyclopaedia

There is , | planation which considers the emperor Nero as the Antisays St . Paul (
1 Cor . ii . ... two years before the destruction of Jerusalem ; and that And certainly
, when commencing with the fall of man , is an opinion ... Its splendor cannot
manifest a distinct moral character as the letters present to us ? itself fully unless
by its victory over the opposite mystery . ... dead , " Laodicea lukewarm and
exciting the disgust of the After this dark picture presented in ch . xiii . the Lord
Lord , and ...

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Classic and Historic Portraits

NERO . The Emperor Nero was about middle size ; his body was spotted and
dark ; his hair yellowish ; his face was beautiful rather than ... He loved great
splendor , and like our good Queen Elizabeth , never wore the same dress twice .

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Johnson s revised Universal Cyclopaedia

There is , planation which considers the emperor Nero as the Antisays St. Paul (
1 Cor . ii . ... spoken its last word . two years before the destruction of Jerusalem ;
and that And certainly , when commencing with the fall of ... Its splendor cannot
manifest a distinct moral character as the letters present to us ? itself fully unless
by its victory over the opposite mystery . ... dead , " Laodicea lukewarm and
exciting the disgust of the After this dark picture presented in ch . xiii . the Lord
Lord , and ...

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Sartain s Union Magazine of Literature and Art

And thus that form of civili , zation attained its very clim the greatest unity of the
Roman Em the Empire nestled into rest , after the co 10 ... be a * : * seal to the
rise the dark gown which be betti . ... Bacchus , beautiful as Milton ' s devils : -
imagine housands , where him clad in splendour , before which even Engy
hundreds ; it surmounted longlish luxury is mean . ... When We can picture to
ourselves Agrippina , by alter the convulsions knowing that she was Nero ' s
mother , - and our en a ...

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The English Cyclopedia

In this assembly the emperor Justin addressed to Tiberius recommended to the
senate as his successors Nero and his ... Honour them , and from them you will
derive and Nola , until at last he fixed his residence on the island of Capreæ
honour . ... and informed the aged splendour of the diadem : be thou wise and
modest ; remember what Tiberius that Sejanus had ... was then living at the court
of Constantinople . hardly be doubted ; a dark melancholy , disgust of life , and
misan The ...

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The English Cyclopaedia

In this assembly the emperor Justin addressed to Tiberius recommended to the
senate as his successors Nero and his ... Honour them , and from them you will
derive and Nola , until at last he fixed his residence on the island of Caprex
honour . ... and informed the aged splendour of the diadem : be thou wise and
modest ; remember what Tiberius that Sejanus had ... was then living at the court
of Constantinople . hardly be doubted ; a dark melancholy , disgust of life , and
misan The ...

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The English Cyclop dia

In this assembly the emperor Justin addressed to Tiberius recommended to the
senate as his successors Nero and his ... Honour them , and from them you will
derive and Nola , until at last he fixed his residence on the island of Capreæ
honour . ... and informed the aged splendour of the diadem : be thou wise and
modest ; remember what Tiberius that Sejanus had ... was then living at the court
of Constantinople . hardly be doubted ; a dark melancholy , disgust of life , and
misan The ...

Author: Charles Knight

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The United Presbyterian Magazine

1 , 1876 certain Augustus once sat with his family - visit the ornate dining - room
where the infamous Nero poisoned the ... where the Emperors administered
justice , and where probably Paul stood and pled his cause before Nero - explore
the ... even in Nero ' s day , gaze almost - incredulously on the dark - brown ,
uncemented blocks of the original wall of Romulus . ... From that seat , the
Conqueror of Jerusalem looked down on the splendour of its dedication , and , as
he looked , he ...

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The Civil engineer and architect s journal

Rumour pointed to the emperor himself , as the wilful author of this calamity . ...
Nero , to remove the odium of the deed from himself , accused the Christians ,
who were conseLecture IX . ... however , were thought worthy of Rome still
continued to increase in opulence and splendour ; it was attention , is proved by
the appointment of ædiles ... He was accusarchitecture ; the dark peperino , the
tufa of the Campagna , and tomed to employ an architect of the name of
Detrianus to execute ...

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The History of the Roman Empire

Caesar to that of Vitellius, from the Time of Vespasian to the Extinction of the
Western Empire. remote province . The grave , formal , descendant of the
Arsacidæ A.D. 64 . was amazed at the frivolities of Nero ; and could not help
expressing ... It is said , indeed , that he disliked the bad taste of the old buildings
, and the narrow , crooked , dark streets which ... which was to consist of a most
magnificent palace , surpassing in gorgeous splendour the loftiest imaginations
of Eastern kings .

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Every Saturday

The stern old Rothe Emperors after the conflagration of Nero which mans of the
Republic had known only cold baths ... In the little bottles are found in the vicinity
of the baths . busts of the Emperors the robes are often cut in a These hot baths ,
or thermæ as they were called , dark stone ... on which account the Grecian
flutings were Roman while away a day amid all this splendor and abandoned ,
and the ...

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The poetical works

No specious splendour of this stone , 21 . Noses ( the Hebrew ' ) ... O'er the glad
waters of the dark blue sea , 208 . My boat is on the shore ... Otho , Rome's sixth
emperor , ' 301 . Nero , flowers strewed upon the tomb of , 665 . Our life is twofold
 ...

Author: George Gordon Byron Byron

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The Poetical Works of Lord Byron Complete New Edition the Text Carefully Revised

No specious splendour of this stone , 21 . Moses ( * the Hebrew ' ) ... O'er the glad
waters of the dark blue sea , 208 . My boat is on the ... Otho , Rome's sixth
emperor , ' 301 . Nero , flowers strewed upon the tomb of , 665 . Our life is twofold
 ...

Author: George Gordon Byron Baron Byron

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