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A Rooster for Asklepios: A Slave's Story, Book 1 Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B08B2J4XJ2
- Publisher : NFB Publishing; 3rd edition (10 June 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1503 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 522 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #814,643 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top review from India
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* Lucius was recently widowed, he was having a vast business and administration to handle, for which he was dependent on Marcus's help.
*Soon after, Lucius started facing some abdominal illness, and further as his condition deteriorated, difficulties arose in business as well as family.
*Although Lucius, after somewhile got attached to one of his slave Selena and got married to her.
*Lucius used to sleep in temple of Asklepios (god of heeling). There was a priest who told him, that Asklepios wants him to visit his temple miles apart.
*Lucius and Marcus lives had changed a lot along the whole journey as they met several new faces and cities.
*The book holds up an appreciable detail of Greco-roman world about their social and religious perspectives, which was certainly about Judaism and Christianity.
*The book has deep analysis on how they used to deal with sickness and healing.
*There was expanded literature about so many archaeological sites, which was quite impressive.
*There was a great touch of relationship, certainly, friendship and family which had a deep essence and impacted importance for it .
How society controls most of our roles.
* I think the story was really slow paced, every scene inside it was very detailed.
*I must say that author has a great knowledge about Roman World which particularly can be seen in through ages historically . It was a well researched book that can really make you travel past world particularly along the history, THE ROMAN EMPIRE.
I'll recommend this book to historians, who would love to unearth social and religious knowleadge of history and the journey of Roman Empire.
Top reviews from other countries
Because of the length of Stanley's novel, 520 pages, I felt I had the time and luxury to became deeply immersed in the world of first century Asia Minor. In preparation for leading groups to this area of the world (modern Turkey) I have read quite a few of the textbooks on the history, geography, and culture of this area and period and I appreciated how Stanley artfully wove all of these topics into his narrative.
I particularly appreciated his informative descriptions of the festival and sacrifices associated with deities such as Apollo, Artemis, Asclepius, and Mên. As well as the "roles" of these deities in the lives of Romans came to life!
The two main characters in the novel are Marcus, a slave, and his master Lucius—an elite patrician from the Roman Colony of Antioch near Pisidia (a city visited by the biblical Apostle Paul at least three times and the home of his assistant Timothy). Life in an elite household was vividly described as was the interplay of various social groups, including blood relatives, clients, and slaves. The importance of household deities was described in detail—a topic that is important, but often not extensively treated in textbooks.
The travels of Lucius and Marcus and their small party from Antioch near Pisidia to the healing center at Pergamum forms a spine of the novel. As they journey, major cities such as Apamea, Laodicea, Magnesia, Claros, Ephesus, and Smyrna are visited. I have visited all of these places and Stanley's descriptions are accurate and bring them to life!
His treatment of the complex relationship between Romans and Jews is extensive and insightful. At the time of the setting of the novel, Christianity was not prominent in the Roman world, yet we get a fleeting glimpse of one slave who was a Christian and a hint of a riot in Ephesus associated with a Christian named Paulus (Acts 19:23-41).
For me, reading the novel was an in-depth and moving experience as I became immersed in the Roman World of the middle of the first century AD. The book is highly recommended! (see also P. Long's review for more details)
Carl Rasmussen, PhD
Most importantly, I always felt that I could trust the author’s research. Sometimes his descriptions confirmed what I knew, but he usually delved much more deeply than I ever have, and I thoroughly enjoyed soaking it in.
The story follows a master and his slave as they travel from their home in Pisidian Antioch to seek healing from the god Asklepios in Pergamum. The story always kept moving, and yet at the same time, I felt that the author was sneaking in some fascinating historical details on nearly every page. I constantly marveled at how much first-century ground he covered, and I wonder how much could be left for his second and third works of the trilogy.
Certain subjects were familiar to me, but they struck home in new ways. For instance, when you’re immersed in the life of a couple of Gentile characters, their point of view about how the “Jews undermine the unity of the city” made more sense than it ever had before. Because I usually come at matters from a Jewish or Christian perspective, I have failed to appreciate how distinctly odd Jews and Christians were in pagan cities.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the Roman world in which Paul traveled and the early church grew. The book barely touches on the early church, but you’ll understand the New Testament better if you experience its world. Once again, this journey was so greatly enhanced by my confidence in the author’s decades of research on the social world of Greco-Roman antiquity and his “obsessive concern for accuracy.”
Because the book is set in modern-day Turkey, I think that those who have traveled to these places would especially enjoy it. I would be happy recommending or requiring this for a group traveling to Turkey/Greece/Rome as well as for courses in the New Testament, early Judaism, and the Greco-Roman world.