I’m tossing this post up here in answer to a question about our read through with Quo Vadis, not as a promotional post for others to read Q.V
We wanted to read a classical literary work about Rome rather than the Maier title Sonlight is currently using in Core 200 and so elected to go with a title that is used in other highschool currics ; Quo Vadis used to be one of the SL Core 8 titles too, from years back.
We are reading & listening (via audio) through this book together.
*Recommending that the parent be familiar with the content in this book before handing it over to your student.
We are airbrushing out some of the ‘physical attraction’ moments. :/
Daisy is listening along, to various portions of the story, as Jay and I go through this book.
While this book is unashamedly Christian in tone, and intent, there are some Roman history portions I do not want her listening in to!
This book does contain some very adult themes;
the greed of physical desire at a base level,
confusing lust with love,
and detailing the practices, vices, and violence, of a debauched filled Roman’s lifestyle.
In short, Nero was a narcissistic, amoral despot and Sienkiewiecz is writing about the people, culture, and environment he ‘ruled’ in.
We’re moving between a kindle edition and an audio (they are not whispersynced!)
- Illustrated kindle book ( $0.99)
- Free audio book
- Go through a quick overview of The Four Loves first. Really helpful during our discussions of the characters in Quo Vadis – especially with Marcus Vinicius - as we compare a Christ driven love and a Roman, culturally, driven love.
- Character list for quick reference
With Jay especially, though Daisy is listening in on these discussions too, we are finding Quo Vadis is creating a good platform to discuss 1 Corinthians 13, and the reality of enduring “love” being an action, not a feeling.
I’ve downloaded some highschool study guides and we’re incorporating portions of those as we go through Q.V.
Quo Vadis Study Guides (scroll down)