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A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's gown as a playing prize. He then units forth on a quest to discover the reality concerning the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the very roots and center of Christianity and is determined opposed to the vividly limned historical past of historical Rome. here's a undying tale of experience, religion, and romance, a story of non secular longing and supreme redemption.

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He knew that Theodosia used to be studying in his confused eyes a half-formed inclination to be frank. She gave him an encouraging smile. ‘Let’s have it, Demetrius,’ she murmured, in detail. ‘I won’t inform. ’ ‘It is an extended story,’ he acknowledged, moodily. ‘And it'd be so much imprudent for the daughter of Eupolis to be visible in a longer dialog with a slave. ’ He reduced his voice confidentially. ‘Your father is already frustrated, you recognize, since you made the error of treating me cordially. ’ Theodosia’s lovely lips puckered thoughtfully. ‘I don't imagine someone is gazing us,’ she acknowledged, glancing carefully towards the home. ‘If you are going to stroll in a timely fashion down the road, as though taking off on an errand, and switch to definitely the right on the first corner—and back to definitely the right, on the subsequent one—you will come to a high-walled backyard to the rear of that outdated temple over there. ’ Demetrius shook his head doubtfully. ‘Priests are infamous spies,’ he acknowledged. ‘At least they're in Rome, and it was once actual of them in Corinth. without doubt it's the comparable right here in Athens. I may still imagine a temple will be in regards to the final position that folks might opt for a personal speak. we would locate ourselves below suspicion of discussing a plot. ’ Theodosia flushed a little—and gave him a mischievous smile. ‘We aren't suspected of sedition,' she promised. ‘I shall see to that. excellent neighbors can have come to the garden—not to rearrange for poisoning the Prefect’s porridge—but to switch friendly compliments. ’ Demetrius’ middle quickened, yet he frowned. ‘Don’t you think,’ he requested, prudently, ‘that you're taking much without any consideration via trusting fairly a lot within the honesty of a slave? ’ ‘Yes,’ admitted Theodosia. ‘Go quick now. I’ll sign up for you now. ’ Deeply stirred by way of the anticipation of this inner most interview, yet obliged to view it with a few nervousness, Demetrius obeyed. Theodosia’s virtually masculine directness guaranteed him that she used to be really past an inexpensive flirtation, yet there has been no denying her winsome regard for him. Well—we may recognize, beautiful quickly, even if she was once particularly all for Marcellus, or enlivening a lifeless afternoon with somewhat event. It was once achieveable, in fact, that either one of these items can be real. As he neared the previous wall, Demetrius firmly pressed his grey bandeau down over the ear that denied him a correct to speak on phrases of equality with a loose girl. It gave him a slightly rakish visual appeal which, he felt, is probably not altogether irrelevant if this assembly was once to be staged as a rendezvous. Sauntering in throughout the open gate, he strolled to the a ways finish of the arbor and sat down at the commodious marble lectus. A well-nourished priest, in a grimy brown cassock, gave him an detached nod, and resumed his hoeing. He didn't have lengthy to attend. She was once popping out of the temple, into the cloister, swinging with her self reliant head held excessive. Demetrius stood to attend for her. It was once demanding to damage an outdated behavior, and his posture was once stiffly traditional. ‘Sit down! ’ she whispered. ‘And don’t glance so severe.

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