other characters

sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

A website requires images. That’s is why you will find at least one illustration per page to support the text. I preferably use original works from the Flavian period for this purpose. Well-known are the statues of the Flavian emperors and the ruins of their palace.

However, not all characters and sets that appear in my novel have original remainders. A statue of Pope Clement I, for instance, was never made. And the Jewish temple was completely destroyed by the Romans. In these cases, I either choose appropriate images from a later period or use images from the Flavian era that are related to the set or the character. The image above is the only exception to this rule. Group portraits from Roman times are scarce. What you see here is a sarcophagus with Biblical motifs dating from 359 CE.

The illustrations on this website I had initially gathered for myself. Especially the busts were of great value to me. They have inspired me and I have used them to uncover the personalities of my characters.

images of the characters

On this website, you will find illustrations of all twenty-four characters in the novel. Seven of them depict original statues from the Flavian period that the scholars attribute to the person in question. These are the statues of Flavius ​​Josephus, Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, Longina, Julia Titi, and Epaphroditus. Six images – namely those of Quintilian, Pope Clement I, Agrippa, Berenice, Yohanan ben Zakkai, and Pliny the Younger – have been crafted in a later period.

Of ten of my characters, I couldn’t find an image. They are Flavius ​​Clemens and his family, Sisinnius and Theodora, the wives of my protagonists, and Stephanus. The illustrations that I have chosen for them are all from the Flavian era. The statue that I use for Domitilla, the scholars attribute to her mother. The tags on the other three members of the family read “unknown person”. This is also the label for the statues of Egeria, Tatia, the wife of Josephus, Sisinnius, and Theodora. For Stephanus, I chose the relief of a gladiator. The age of the relief is under discussion. A few scholars date it later than the first century.