Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero
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Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero

By Henryk Sienkiewicz
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Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz in Polish. "Quo vadis Domine" is Latin for "Where are you going, Lord?" and alludes to the apocryphal Acts of Peter, in which Peter flees Rome but on his way meets Jesus and asks him why he is going to Rome. Jesus says, "I am going back to be crucified again", which makes Peter go back to Rome and accept martyrdom.
The novel Quo Vadis tells of a love that develops between a young Christian woman, Ligia (or Lygia), and Marcus Vinicius, a Roman patrician. It takes place in the city of Rome under the rule of emperor Nero, circa AD 64.
Sienkiewicz studied the Roman Empire extensively prior to writing the novel, with the aim of getting historical details correct. Consequently, several historical figures appear in the book. As a whole, the novel carries an outspoken pro-Christian message.
Published in installments in three Polish dailies in 1895, it came out in book form in 1896 and has since been translated into more than 50 languages. This novel contributed to Sienkiewicz's Nobel Prize for literature in 1905.
Several movies have been based on Quo Vadis including two Italian silent films—Quo Vadis (1913 film) and Quo Vadis (1924 film)—a Hollywood production—Quo Vadis (1951 film)—and an adaptation by Jerzy Kawalerowicz: Quo Vadis (2001 film).
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Table of Contents
  • QUO VADIS
    • A NARRATIVE OF THE TIME OF NERO
      • Translated from the Polish by Jeremiah Curtin
    • INTRODUCTORY
  • QUO VADIS
    • Quo Vadis A Narrative of the Time of Nero
    • Chapter I
    • Chapter II
    • Chapter III
    • Chapter IV
    • Chapter V
    • Chapter VI
    • Chapter VII
    • Chapter VIII
    • Chapter IX
    • Chapter X
    • Chapter XI
    • Chapter XII
    • Chapter XIII
    • Chapter XIV
    • Chapter XV
      • PETRONIUS to VINICIUS:
    • Chapter XVI
    • Chapter XVII
    • Chapter XVIII
      • PETRONIUS to VINICIUS:
    • Chapter XIX
    • Chapter XX
    • Chapter XXI
    • Chapter XXII
    • Chapter XXIII
    • Chapter XXIV
    • Chapter XXV
    • Chapter XXVI
    • Chapter XXVII
    • Chapter XXVIII
    • Chapter XXIX
    • Chapter XXX
    • Chapter XXXI
    • Chapter XXXII
    • Chapter XXXIII
    • Chapter XXXIV
    • Chapter XXXV
    • Chapter XXVI
    • Chapter XXXVII
      • VINCIUS to LYGIA:
    • Chapter XXXVIII
      • VINICIUS to LYGIA:
    • Chapter XXXIX
    • Chapter XL
    • Chapter XLI
    • Chapter XLII
    • Chapter XLIII
    • Chapter XLIV
    • Chapter XLV
    • Chapter XLVI
    • Chapter XLVII
    • Chapter XLVIII
    • Chapter XLIX
    • Chapter L
    • Chapter LI
    • Chapter LII
    • Chapter LIII
    • Chapter LIV
    • Chapter LV
    • Chapter LVI
    • Chapter LVII
    • Chapter LVIII
    • Chapter LIX
    • Chapter LX
    • Chapter LXI
    • Chapter LXII
    • Chapter LXIII
    • Chapter LXIV
    • Chapter LXV
    • Chapter LXVI
    • Chapter LXVII
    • Chapter LXVIII
    • Chapter LXIX
    • Chapter LXX
    • Chapter LXXI
    • Chapter LXXII
      • VINICIUS to PETRONIUS:
    • Chapter LXXIII
    • EPILOGUE
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