Pontius Pilate

By Ann Wroe
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375753978, 432pp.)

Publication Date: March 6, 2001

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Description

The foil to Jesus, the defiant antihero of the Easter story, mocking, skeptical Pilate is a historical figure who haunts our imagination. For some he is a saint, for others the embodiment of human weakness, an archetypal politician willing to sacrifice one man for the sake of stability. In this dazzlingly conceived biography, a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Ann Wroe brings man and myth to life. Working from classical sources, she plunges us into the world of biblical Judaea under the reign of the erratic and licentious emperor Tiberius and lets us see the trial of Jesus, in all its confusion, from the point of view of his executioner.




About the Author
Ann Wroe is a senior editor at "The Economist" and the author of "Pontius Pilate, "which was a finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize. She is also the author of "A Fool and His Money "and "The Perfect Prince," She lives in London.

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