am 5. Februar 1999
Other reviewers have dealt with the plot and setting of this book. For me, its principal value lies in its evocation of the details of daily life in a remote area of the Roman empire. The most inspired scene is the one where the Duumvir takes a night stroll along the aquaduct, above the city streets. A possible weakness is the rather self-conscious treatment of the early Christian doctrines and practices. But a very interesting and rewarding read.
am 16. Juli 1998
As I was saying to my beautiful wife, Deborah, this book has earned my highest praise. It is more than "excellent;" the minute I finished it, I began reading it again. The book is not just a commentary about the Iberian Pennisula so many years ago; rather, it is a mirror in which we see through an ancient glass how corrupt and devoid of values our own society has become.
am 30. März 1998
In my opinion, this the best novel of Carvalho.It's choice of vocabulary and fraseology puts you right in the middle of the Forum. Besides historic facts (like the advent of christianity and the formation of a country), it is a fabulous exercice on the solitute of power and the learning of politics.