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Characters / Quo Vadis

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The characters from Henryk Sienkiewicz's Quo Vadis.

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Marcus Vinicius

A Roman officer with a really huge (and more or less mutual) crush on Lygia. He shows himself to be rash, brutal and rather reckless in his pursuit of her; his track record includes kidnapping, sexual abuse, killing completely innocent people just because he got mad and seriously offending his uncle's good taste. He gets better thanks to the combined powers of love and Jesus - just in time for the difficulties of a more political nature to arrive...



Callina a.k.a. Lygia

A barbarian princess of the Lygians (hence her nickname). She was taken as a hostage when she was a child, but, forgotten by both Roman officials and her own people, grew up with her caretakers, the Aulus family, as their daughter in anything but name. Because of her foster mother, she adopted Christian faith and is a devout believer ever since.


Gaius Petronius Arbiter

Vinicius' uncle. Aesthete, hedonist, writer. Possibly the sanest person in Rome, at least not counting the Christians, and one of its most influential politicians.


Chilon Chilonides

Philosopher, medic and a fortuneteller. Hired by Vinicius to infiltrate the Christians and find out where Lygia is hiding.


Ursus, Christian name Urban

Lygia's simple-minded, ridiculously strong servant and bodyguard.


Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus

The Emperor of Rome.



Gaius Ofonius Tigellinus

Prefect of the Praetorian Guard. Petronius' main rival in the Roman court.


Poppaea Augusta Sabina

Nero's wife.


Claudia Acte

Nero's former lover.


The unofficial leader of a Christian community Lygia and Ursus belong to.


Petronius' slave and lover.


    St. Peter & St. Paul 

Apostles. Co-leaders of the Christian Church.


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