By Harry Freedman
Published: November 14, 2011.
The year is 66 AD. Jerusalem is in the grip of the corrupt, venal Procurator, Gessius Florus. Political and revolutionary groups struggle for dominance, religious sects quarrel, the Procurator’s iron grip overshadows all.
A Jewish slave in the port of Ostia, where the boats from Judea dock, chronicles the conflicts, conspiracies and intrigues that threaten to overwhelm his homeland.