The splendor and pagan excesses of Roman society are confronted by the life-changing faith of Christianity in this historically accurate fiction work. Guaranteed fiction!
(on second thought, and to be perfectly frank, I must add that I've read this book in Dutch translation)
Perhaps Maier is too eager to display his profound historical knowledge, but in any case he does not have the ability to construct a proper novel from this rich material.
Some characters enter and leave the story without any introduction or background and remain shallow throughout the book.
Towards the end, it gets better as the fascinating story of the start of the Christian religion is described.