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This is Bound (Torn Trilogy, an excellent book preciselynd bsolutely s its title says the biography of n invented man Who was Pilate He could s Wroe suggests be ny one of three individuals born of the tribe of Pontii the Samnite nobility in the ncient Roman empire relative of Gavius Pontius Loyalty and Lies a Spaniard born in Seville whose residents had the right of Roman citizenship saturninend ingratiating who hung round Rome nd especially round the court of the emperor or thirdly A German born Fortunes Flames at Forscheim near Mainz from theppalling German forest gloomy with pines nd overrun with wolves wearing barbarians cloth trousers his hair flaxen nd in his cold blue eyes the gleam of the northI have sympathy with previous reviewer who states that the first 30 pages of the book never really get off the ground nd if we find ourselves becoming impatient with ll of this conjecture then perhaps it is much better to start reading from the place that we lready or may know of the Pilate of the Gospels nd here it is principally John s Gospel from which Wroe weaves her stories For there is than one story Pilate is nothing if not multi faceted Try starting for example with Chapter 5 The great euivocator Wroe sets the scene on the morning of Christ s trial nd execution It is dark Pilate is roused by servant his head ching from the fun of the night before hung over nd resentful he embarks on the day that was to seal his place in historyWroe draws on wide variety of sources from the earliest texts of Josephus Catallus Seneca Cicero through the Apocrypha the Gospels the various cycles of Mystery Plays with their often Rabelaisian take on events here for example Pilate placing the guards Claiming Her around the tomb of the newly dead Christ to ensure that no one comes to snatch himway i I really really wanted to like this book but I couldn t get past the first 30 pages Ann Wroe was ll Maybe Pontius Pilate did this Maybe Pontius Pilate did that Maybe Pontius Pilate did little bit of this nd little bit of that SnoresvilleMaybe I ll try to read it gain someday Maybe I won t Pontius. The foil to Jesus the defiant ntihero of the Easter story mocking skeptical Pilate is historical figure who haunts our imagination For some he is saint for others the embodiment of human weakness n rchetyp.
Pilate is where the classical world meets the Biblical Murder Go Round a pagan European man in the monotheistic Middle East the Imperial governor over notoriously rebellious region How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis and player in perhaps the most famous execution in history What is truth Pilate says in the Book of John Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential a retort to Jesus claim The reason I was bornnd came into the world is to testify to the truth I have often thought of that conversation wondered what Pilate really thought how he viewed Jesus the Jews his job Who was this man What is truthAnn Wroe must have wondered the same thing because this book is 400 page exploration of Pilate in history legend nd literature Very little information Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 about Pilate survives from his time just the Gospel texts some coinsn The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) architectural fragmentnd paragraphs from contemporary historians To supplement this Wroe pulls information from multiple other sources She cites Pilate s colleagues to give Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 an ideabout what the life of Roman governor was like She uotes numerous texts from ncient gnostic coptic Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child and early church legend bookss well The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 as plays from the middleges to see how they embellished Pilate s tale She references film Of Mice and Men and novelsnd points out different locations in Europe that claimed to have Pilate connection All of these sources provide multiple lenses for seeing Pilate He is violent oppressor sycophantic bureaucrat machiavellian conspirator man in over his head drunk blowhard even deeply I Was Anastasia apologetic convert He s saint in Ethiopia Spaniards forged long lost documents by him His childhood pants were long displayed in Choice of the Cat a small German townnd on Fridays his ghost haunted Three Cups of Deceit a lake in the Alps Because so little of Pilate isctually known people have projected their ideas their fears their hatred their idolization on him for centuries I was impressed with Wroe s Sparrow Road ability to weavell these together She takes Pilate s life from birth to death A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston and explains how each text or legend describes those moments She uotes these sources heavily though Wroe s own writing is stylish intelligentnd sometimes beautiful The book. Al politician willing to sacrifice one man for the sake of stability In this dazzlingly conceived biography finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize Ann Wroe brings man nd myth to life Working from classical sour.
Does get long in the tooth in some spots but whenever lengthy uote from Cicero bout the Roman idea of morality made my eyes glaze over the next page featured Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World a scene from medieval play where Pilate steals the Holy Grail By the end of the book Wroe seems to take Pilate s uestion What is truth The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors and presents dozens of people snswers from throughout history Yoga: The Art of Adjusting allowing us to decide While the publishers call it biography nd some critics study I d go The Neural Basis of Free Will a little further to describe this books meditation on Pontius Pilate one of the critical figures in the framework of the Christian religion Pilate is largely cipher not s symbol but s human being due to the meager Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, amount of evidence we possess of his existence Ann Wroe through great researchnd even greater thought has pressed herself into providing context for the man who played such Past Destinies a fundamental role in seeding the faithUsing every resourcet her disposal be it historical biblical philosophical Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 artistic Wroe sets the stage for us in series of elegantly elaborate vignettes Some If Wishes Were Horses are straightforwardnd describe for instance how Roman received the governorship of Middle Eastern province what he thought bout it how he traveled there where he made his home the way he spent his day At the opposite end of this vignette spectrum sit the scenes Wroe uses to convey certain psychological shadings such s her depiction of Castro s Cuba s setting for the subversive tones in the role of Judas Iscariot The breadth of scholarship necessary to chieve these ends is daunting The sheer scope of reference is exhaustive nd stonishingIt is lso uite demanding While not difficult work this meditative pproach reuires Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day a heightened clarity of mind from the reader I found the level of openness it necessitated genuinely taxing Some might call it concentration but it sn operational tranuility that s being A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 asked of mend to degree that permits Wroe the canvas she needs to convey her understandings Make no mistake this is joint effort Beautifully rendered though for ll the labor it sks. Ces she plunges us into the world of biblical Judaea under the reign of the erratic nd licentious emperor Tiberius nd lets us see the trial of Jesus in ll its confusion from the point of view of his executione.
Summary Pontius Pilate : The Biography of n Invented Man
Ann Wroe is a journalist and author working as Briefings and Obituaries editor of The Economist She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society the Royal Society of Literature and the English Association