6 x 9 | 336 Pages | clothbound with dust jacket | ISBN: 0-9760822-2-5
Process presents a new kind of historical fiction. Author Humphry Knipe reconsiders one of the most despised leaders of ancient Rome. Was Nero the Antichrist who “fiddled” while Rome burnt, or an artistic genius trapped inside a Caesar? In an age where destiny is encoded in the stars and the code breakers are court astrologers, Nero’s secretary battles the prediction that he will murder the musical messiah he promised to protect.
Humphry Knipe is co-author of The Dominant Man, a study of animal and human “pecking orders,” hailed as “absolutely brilliant” by Colin Wilson. Knipe studied ancient astrology for ten years while researching and writing The Nero Prediction. He reveals how the movements of the planets were believed to weave a “destiny code” that foretold the future. This gave astrologers enormous influence over rulers like Nero, a man the author believes may have been the musical genius of his age. Humphry Knipe lives on a ranch in Malibu, California with his wife, photographer Suze Randall. They have three children.
“Roman aristocrats of the first century A.D. were devoted to astrology. This fascinating novel follows the career of Epaphroditus, a slave who became a confidant of the Emperor Nero. Pulled back and forth by Imperial relatives and courtiers, who felt themselves alternately favored and hindered by the stars, he passes from one crisis after another to the final fatal conclusion. Fans of astrology will delight in this narrative, as will the lover of historical novels. The book is enhanced by an appendix explaining the fundamentals of natal astrology and listing the birthdates of first century celebrities.” — James Herschel Holden, Research Director of the American Federation of Astrologers
“An imaginative, ingenious story about a time when astrology exceeded every religion in power and influence.” — Michael Grant, author of Nero: Emperor in Revolt
“Finally, we have an historically accurate work revealing how astrologers and their followers connived in the imperial court to steer the fate of the Roman Empire… A great book.” — Michael R. Molnar, Ph.D., author of The Star of Bethlehem: The Legacy of the Magi
“An exciting and compelling read.” — Midwest Book Review (“Reviewer’s Choice”)
“The Nero Prediction captures very imaginatively an aspect of thinking and planning that conventional scholarship usually ignores. Humphry Knipe has made an important contribution to our understanding of the ancient mental landscape.” — Miriam Griffin, author of Seneca: A Philosopher in Politics and Nero: The End of a Dynasty