Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"The Procurator of Judaea." Anatole France.

Review: A dialogue about Rome and its First-century A.D. culture between Pontius Pilate and Aelius Lamia. As part of the dialogue, Pontius Pilate admits that he once was enamored of a sultry Jewess. She had hung around some necromancer, who was eventually convicted of a crime and executed. 

“ ‘Jesus?’ he [Pontius Pilate] murmured, ‘Jesus of Nazareth? I cannot call him to mind.’ ” Nor does he name the Jewess.

Great French Short Stories. Ed. Germaine Brèe. New York: Dell Publishing Co., inc. 1969.

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