Itâs 66 A.D. Young Lucius is the son of the Roman Legate in charge of military affairs in the district surrounding the Greek city of Corinth, which is under the protection of the Roman Empire. The inexperienced innocent is recruited as a âsalesmanâ by a pair of unscrupulous promoters aiming to raise a large sum of money from influential peopleâbut not in the least interested in anything but accumulating and fleeing with all the money. The adventure intensifies when young Lucius boldly approaches the Roman Emporer, Nero, who not only endorses the project but also comes to Corinth to dedicate the site. Only after Nero has bestowed his blessing and given the project the appearance of legitimacy does Lucius discover that his employers are actually excaped convicts whose intentions are far less than honorable. The tale then follows Lucius through the ups and downs of growing into manhood and building a challenging dream, only to see it die as the criminal implement their plan, then âtake the money and run,â thus forcing Lucius to accelrate his growth as a man by pursuing the thieves, not only to recover the investorsâ money but also to rescue his own apparently ruined reputation. A swashbuckler, with just a touch of romance and significant religious overtones, Changing of the Gods is a wonderful read for all who see history as fundamentally a gigantic, engagingly human drama.
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|Release Date: 01-28-2012|
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Changing of the Gods
The Corinth Canal intersects the Isthmus of Corinth, cutting a straight line through an uneven landmass that reaches a maximum height of 259 feet above sea level. The total length of the Canal is 6,933 yards.
Ancient writers relate that in 602 B.C., Periander, Tyrant of Corinth and one of the Seven Sages of Antiquity, was the first man to consider the possibility of opening a canal through the Isthmus. Periander gave up his plans, fearing the wrath of the gods.
In 307 B.C., Demetrios Poliorketes made up his mind to cut a naval passage through the Isthmus. He actually began excavations before he was talked out of continuing with it by Egyptian engineers who predicted that apparently different sea levels between the Corinthian and the Saronic Gulfs would inundate Aegina and nearby islands with the sea.
In Roman times—two and a half centuries after Poliorketes—Julius Caesar, in 44 B.C. and Caligula, in 37 B.C., again flirted with the idea. In 66 A.D., Nero reconsidered earlier plans and brought in teams of war prisoners from the Aegean islands and six thousand slave Jews to work on the canal. They dug out a ditch 3,300 meters in length and 40 meters wide before Nero had to rush back to Rome to quell the Galva mutiny. Subsequently, the unfinished canal fell to oblivion and was overtaken by tales of superstition and supernatural lore.
The next historic personality to be associated with the canal of Corinth was Herod of Atticus. He tried, as did the Byzantines and the Venetians—but all to no avail....