Under Tiberius

Under Tiberius

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Grand Central Pub
A work of dangerous and haunting beauty by America's last real literary outlaw.

Under Tiberius is a thrilling story of crime and deceit involving the man who came to be called Jesus Christ. Deep in the recesses of the Vatican, Nick Tosches unearths a first-century memoir by Gaius Fulvius Falconius, foremost speechwriter for Emperor Tiberius. The codex is profound, proof of the existence of a Messiah who was anything but the one we've known -- a shabby and licentious thief.

After encountering him in the streets of Judea, Gaius becomes spin doctor to Jesus, and the pair schemes to accrue untold riches by convincing the masses that Jesus is the Son of God. As their marriage of truth and lies is consummated, friendship and wary respect develop between these two grifters.

Outrageous and disturbing, Under Tiberius is as black as the ravishing night, shot through with fierce and brilliant light.

Baker & Taylor
Discovering in the Vatican archives a first-century memoir by Emperor Tiberius's head speechwriter, Nick Tosches is shocked to discover a portrayal of a shabby and licentious young Jesus who the writer made over as a messianic figure. Reading-group guide available. 50,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

Discovering in the Vatican archives a first-century memoir by Emperor Tiberius's head speechwriter, Nick Tosches is shocked to discover a portrayal of a shabby and licentious young Jesus whom the writer made over as a messianic figure.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316405669
Branch Call Number: FIC TOS
Characteristics: 322 p. ;,25 cm.

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Sep 11, 2017

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compufobe
Aug 14, 2015

I have two quibbles. First off, the Latin "dei" ( the gen. sin. and nom. plu. of "deus" ) is not monosyllabic when spoken. And nobody in the Old World in the time of Tiberius would be eating turkey. Other than that, I really enjoyed this retelling of the Jesus myth.

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