Pomponio; Or, the Gospel in Caesar's Household

Pomponio; Or, the Gospel in Caesar's Household

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1867 edition. Excerpt: ...indeed astounding--but not such as the bystanders expected. A sharp spasm contracted the features of the victim, and his limbs were violently convulsed. A few gaspings for breath--a few struggles for utterance--and all was over. Tiberius Claudius Caesar was dead. Great were the lamentations that were raised in Caesar's household when the sudden and unexpected event was made known, and Agrippina's grief was so overpowering as to deceive all who did not know her well. She shut herself up, and seemed unable to attend to any affairs, however pressing. But she was not really idle. In her retirement she was busily planning the peaceable succession of her son, and, in order to this, she resolved that the will of the late emperor should not be read publicly, as was the ordinary custom. She feared that the anger of the Roman populace might be aroused, and a disturbance be excited if it were suddenly proclaimed that Claudius had given the preference to Nero, and had excluded his own son from the imperial throne. Cornelius was much struck when he heard that the emperor had expired. He was well aware of the nature of his errand to the capital, and he expected a fatal result. But he was not prepared for so sudden a crisis; and, for a time, conscience asserted her power of inflicting punishment. The youth was miserable. He felt like a murderer, and he hated his more guilty benefactress, and shunned her presence. He wandered out of the imperial villa, and unconsciously directed his steps along the road that led towards M Rome. He had not gone far when he heard the quick steps of a horse coming towards him, and looking up he beheld the wellknown form of the tribune, Rufus. No individual could have been more unwelcome to Cornelius. He had always felt a certain...show more

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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651016X
  • 9781236510167