A novel is little more than a sequence of actions. In each scene, the characters perform their activities and they do so in a certain environment. It is that environment that matters here. On this page, I will not zoom in on the characters but on the sets of the scenes.
In my novel The Third Temple, I give detailed descriptions of these sets. I do this for a number of reasons. The main ones are:
- Decors animate the story.
- The decors take the reader back to the first century.
- In the decors I process allegories.
Since the major part of the story is set in Rome, most of the scenery I use is situated in that city as well. Fortunately, Rome has a lot to offer in that respect. Anyone who has visited the Eternal City knows that ancient ruins lie scattered all over the place.
The most common setting in my novel is the Palatine, the hill on which the imperial palace stood. Other sights that I use are the Colosseum, the Catacombs of Domitilla, the Roman Forum, the Mamertine Prison, and the Temple of Peace.
In addition, various scenes are situated in the homes of my three protagonists. Josephus lives in a villa at the Alta Semita, Quintilian on Viminal Hill, and Clement (in the beginning) in the office of his patron Flavius Clemens and (later) in the domains of Domitilla.
I also describe a triumphal procession, a slave market, a tenement house, a necropolis, and a Roman toilet.
the Middle East
The scenes in The Third Temple that take place outside of Rome are all set in the Middle East. I take my readers on a trip to ancient Alexandria, to the Golan Heights, to Caesarea, to Jamnia, and to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Since the Temple Mount is the theme connecting the novels of my trilogy, I have written eight pages of this website about its history. The interested reader will find them in the menu under the heading “Temple Mount”.
The other decors have to settle with “only” one page per object. These pages can be reached under the heading “the scenery” in the menu, or via the links that I have inserted in this page.