The Platonia Chamber

The Platonia Chamber

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The ruthless persecution of Christians in Rome by Emperor Valerian in 258 AD connects two men with similar backgrounds, but completely different lifestyles.Both began life as orphans on the streets of Rome. One, a Christian Deacon, dedicates his life to serving the Bishop of Rome and the poor. The other, a stonemason, reacts in horror as his secure and happy life is turned upside down after he discovers his adoptive parents have become Christians. The two meet when the stonemason's father needs assistance completing a catacomb tomb that will hide the two most sacred Christian relics and save them from desecration by the Roman authorities.The story, based on documented events occurring during Valerian's brutal Christian persecution, incorporates an excellent insight into the life and rituals of the early Christians in Rome.show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 7.37mm | 244.94g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514305194
  • 9781514305195

About Richard F Novak

This is Richard F. Novak's third book (Topping the Dome and Adelaide Johnson's Portrait Monument). His interest in early Christianity evolved from many visits to Rome and the catacombs of the area. His subsequent research into the history of the catacombs and the symbols used by the Christians to describe their beliefs led him to the story of the Platonia Chamber. Novak is also a retired Professor Emeritus from the College of Medicine of the University of Illinois. During his professional career he also maintained a sculpture studio and has over seventy sculptures in public spaces, corporate, and private collections. Examples of his work can be found in the Gallery Section of the website toppingthedome.comshow more

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