I, Claudia: A Novel of the Ancient World
I, Claudia: A Novel of the Ancient World
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"They were the faces of my dreams..."

Claudia Procula—wife of one of the most controversial figures in ancient history—comes alive to 21st-century readers in a groundbreaking new novel by the award-winning author of the Lindsey McCall medical mystery series.

For decades, the daughter of the last Oracle at Delphi has suppressed the secrets of her birth, extensive education, and marriage to the notorious Fifth Prelate of Judea—Pontius PIlate. Now, at age seventy-nine, she feels compelled to leave her story for the world and set the record straight about the beginnings of modern history.

He has had his arms raised for how many hours now? Shouldn't there be a Joshua to help this Moses? I suppressed a smile at my wittiness, knowing better than to voice the thought aloud. My ladies would be shocked by my allusion to the great Jewish prophet. Well aware of my reputation as an empty-headed nitwit among those who served my husband, such low expectations had served me well. Best to maintain the fiction.

In a surprising change of genre and style, Wilder brings her extensive research and wide-ranging imagination to bear on the seminal story of our time: the passion of the Christ. The result is a compelling and harrowing love story replete with historical figures such as Seneca, Socrates, and Pilate himself. It is sure to captivate both believers and skeptics alike, and remain in readers' minds long after the last page is turned.


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I, Claudia is an insightful novel of the ancient world, the story of Claudia Procula, wife of Lucius Pontius Pilate. The narrative begins with a glimpse of Claudia's childhood. The suspense rises as she is about to meet Lucius, her betrothed. As Claudia adjusts to her new role and the politics of the area become impassioned, she wrestles with life, as her husband, Lucius Pontius Pilate, is forced to make difficult decisions.

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As a young girl, Claudia is brilliant, consuming the works of Plato and Aristotle while other children are still learning their letters. She is the daughter of the last Delphi, an oracle from Greek mythology. Her betrothed, Lucius, is a fierce yet forgiving soldier of the Roman army, well connected enough to secure a leadership role over the Jews in Jerusalem.

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