Book Reveals the Tragic Love Affair of an Emperor and a Young Boy

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Author John Jaie Palmero recounts the epic tale of passion and forbidden romance

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Compelling, informative and enriched with insights, The Boy From Bithynia features the to all consuming love of Hadrian, a forty-seven-year-old Emperor of Rome, and Antinous, a beautiful young Greek from Bithynia. Created by John Jaie Palmero, this beautifully crafted literary work shares a remarkable perspective on how the moralities of the past have greatly evolved throughout centuries, and how they vary from present social norms and standards, particularly in the Western culture.

Following the relationship of the Hadrian and Antinous, from their raw, initial meeting, to the full-blown affair of a young sixteen year old boy and an Emperor, which has tremendously baffled and intrigued an empire and, while socially acceptable at the time, caused scandal in Roman society, the pages of this astonishing book reveal the undying and relentless passion that is carried on to even to this intricate and modern age. Despite the current world’s emerging sense of tolerant and acceptance, the powerful and moving story of Hadrian and Antinous never fails to send a ripple through the fabric of society’s sense of morality, as its testament to blind, unrestrained love continues to have a shocking affect on the reader.

The contemporary chronicles of Hadrian’s personality and the numerous sculptures of Antinous contradict the qualities and power of both characters and make for a seductive, personal story told with clarity and supported by historical facts. A book intended for those who have an insatiable thirst and appreciation for culture and history, The Boy From Bithynia is a literary masterpiece that indeed etches an indelible mark within the reader’s subconscious.

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About the Author
John Jaie Palmero is a native of Connecticut, but has lived in California for over twenty years now. He has a BA in Art History. This is his first novel and a reflection of his love of the classical Greco-Roman era as well as controversial relationships.

The Boy From Bithynia * by John Jaie Palmero
Publication Date: August 27, 2012
Trade Paperback; $21.99; 272 pages; 978-1-4771-3375-0
Trade Hardback; $31.99; 272 pages; 978-1-4771-3376-7
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4771-3377-4

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