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The Nero Prediction by [Knipe, Humphry]
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It is a time when Rome rules the world and astrologers rule Rome with their eerie doctrine that is part astronomy, part superstition and all powerful.
It is 48 AD and the Romans are searching the Museum of Alexandria for a sixteen-year-old who, according to court astrologers, is destined to play a fateful role in the future of the empire.
Tigellinus, handsome and ruthless, discovers Epaphroditus, a library slave who was born at the fated time and sends him to Rome to become the young Nero’s personal assistant.
There Epaphroditus battles court intrigues and struggles with the question whether Nero is the Christian’s Antichrist who “fiddled” while Rome burnt or a musical genius trapped inside a Caesar .

"Not since Marguerite Yourcenar and her novel Memoirs of Hadrian has there been
much of anything that actually places the reader, spirit and soul, in the time period
written about. Knipe fruitfully evokes the dreadful, constellated world of the hubristic yet musical emperor, making for a most vivifying and engaging read.”
—Jaye Beldo

About the Author

I was born and brought up in Apartheid South Africa, a medieval environment. After graduating from Rhodes University I worked for a short period as a newspaper reporter and high school teacher. In 1966 I settled in London. With "flower power" in full bloom, it was an intoxicating time to be there - so different from my puritanical Calvinist background. Once again I worked as a reporter and a teacher while I co-authored The Dominant Man, a layman's guide to the human pecking order, which was published in 1972 in five languages. The Nero Prediction was a long time in coming. With his penchant for music and festivals, Nero seemed to the most 60's of the Roman emperors and, looking back, I probably wanted to recreate that magical time in a historical setting. However the deeper I looked into the first century the more references I found to astrology. One day the idea hit me like the proverbial lighting bolt. Nero's birth date and time are known (dawn on December 15, 37 AD) so it must be possible to re-create his horoscope. With this mysterious wheel in front of her, anyone familiar with ancient astrological lore should be able to make some very intelligent guesses about what Nero's astrologer would have been advising him on a regular basis. Since Nero, like everyone else at the time, believed in astrology which, in the words of historian Michael Grant "exceeded every religion in power and influence" this could be an important historical tool in explaining his motives and actions. So I hired an astrologer who specialized in Greek and Roman astrology to cast Nero's chart and to teach me the rudiments of this intriguing mixture of science and superstition. After several years of studying Roman astrological manuals (two have survived intact) and casting hundreds of horoscopes, the main theme of The Nero Prediction, the self-fulfilling prophecy, came into focus. It still astonishes me that I appear to be alone in this approach because not only was Nero clearly guided by his horoscope but, as soon as it was leaked, his enemies were guided by it as well which clearly led to his death at the age of 30. My most recent novel, Napoleon's Rosebud (2016) was inspired by my great great grandaunt's affair with the fallen emperor during his exile on the remote island of Saint Helena. This was followed by the Sulby Hall edition of The Nero Prediction edited by David Stansfield with a new cover by Neel Muller.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5216 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692864105
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sulby Hall Publishers; 2 edition (8 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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