Ben Hur

Ben Hur

A Tale of the Christ

Book - 1880
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Ben-Hur is a remarkable saga of betrayal, revenge, and redemption played out in the bloodstained arenas of ancient Rome. Framed for attempting to murder a Roman official, Ben-Hur is robbed of his freedom, family, and fortune. Condemned to death as a galley slave, he lives only to avenge himself against the Roman tribune Messala-the boyhood friends who betrayed him.

Epic in scope, Ben-Hur vividly re-creates the sweep of Imperial Rome-from a thrilling sea battle, to the famous chariot race, to the agony of Crucifixion. It is the moving personal tale of the prince who became a slave and then-through a unique twist of fate-was able to fight his way back to the free world as a champion gladiator.

Written by the territorial governor of New Mexico, Ben-Hur was an immediate bestseller upon its release in 1880-selling more than two million copies-and it continues to be an enduring classic.

With an Introduction by Tim Lahaye and a New Afterword by Thomas Moore.

Publisher: New York : Cosimo Classics, 1880
ISBN: 9780451532091
Branch Call Number: WALLACE
Characteristics: 1 v


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jrayjedi Oct 06, 2015

Great Classic. This seems to me to be Lew Wallace's one hit wonder. Superb realism, although I know anyone but the diehard reader will possibly get turned off by the wordiness of descriptions and older language and dialogue. No problem for me though, when the story is this good.

Jan 18, 2013

After an unexpected accident, Ben Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant of Jerusalem, is arrested and sold as a slave. Through his courage and fortitude, he works himself out of serfdom and into a respected Roman family. Determined to get revenge and enact destruction on his enemies, he encounters the person of Christ and learns the value of mercy and forgiveness. One of the most widely read novels of the 19th century!

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