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This book depicts life in the Roman Empire in the first fifty years after the birth of Christ. Most of the action takes place in Corinth, which had been rebuilt after the Romans razed it in 146 B.C. The plot involves an athlete who is training to compete in the Corinthian games, but most of the characters are merchants, exiled Jews, and various other townsfolk. An important subplot involves some early Christians who have personally befriended St. Paul and are members of the Corinthian church.

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Women at fountain
THE FOUNTAIN OF PEIRENE, CORINTH.


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Preface

I have transferred to the Isthmian Games, of which we know very little, some details of the proceedings at the great festival of Olympia. In the other parts of the story I have endeavoured to keep as closely as possible to what is known, or, at least, probable. The chronology of St. Paul's life is very uncertain; but the date which I have chosen is, I believe, accepted by some writers. In any case I may plead the licence allowed to the exigencies of fiction.


A. J. C.    

IGTHAM,
         August, 1905.

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