The facts about Pontius Pilate are very few. We know not when he was born or died. We know nothing of his career before he became Governor of Judea, and nothing of what happened to him after he was recalled by Tiberius.
Everyone has his own Pilate, each symbolic of something, each a projection of his own idea of who this man actually was.
Anne Wroe has supplied us with some surprises, and glimpses into his everyday life, a man actually walking on a marble floor in Caesarea, feeling his shoes pinch, clicking his fingers for a slave, while the clouds of lasting infamy gather over his head.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 414 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/03/2000
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780099287933
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Review by robeik
How do you write a whole book about a man we know very little about? Ann Wroe has managed to envelope the known with information about life at the time in Judea, and what it would have been like to a governor in a small corner of the Roman Empire for an unpredictable and terrible emperor. With that is added lots of superstition and fiction created about Pilate in the centuries since; these tend to be a bit tedious, especially because of what it is - superstition and fiction. Although it goes to show the fascination that people have for this man, with many people over time making their apologies for Pilate sentence on Jesus. This overlooks, of course, the fact that Pilate is not the central player in the trial and death of Christ.Still, it's a wonderful book to read. A bit long, but enriching.