“The greatest historical novel ever written.” There is no other way to describe Miles Gerald Keon’s 1866 classic. If Quo Vadis, Ben Hur or Fabiola have brought you pleasure and... More > profit, Dion and the Sibyls will surpass them all. Set in Rome at the time of Christ, the plot brings together all the chief historical persons of the day in events which thrill, entertain and inform while never ceasing to be credible. Watch the valiant Paulus Æmilius, nephew of the triumvir, subdue the Sejan horse, save the gold of Germanicus Cæsar, triumph in battle, save his sister abducted by the tyrant Tiberius and fall hopelessly in love with the bewitching Israelite Esther whose faith forbids her to marry him. Listen to his friend Dionysius the Areopagite debating the existence of God and the immortality of the soul with the greatest minds of the court of Augustus. Be astonished at the prophecies of the mysterious and ageless Sibyl.< Less
In 1938, famous West End actress Sibyl Vane visits the studio of Basilia, a female portrait artist, to have her picture painted for a gallery at the Old Vic.
The two women were both acquainted with... More > a male student called Dorian Gray whilst at university, and are aware of the influence which Oscar Wilde’s famous novel The Picture of Dorian Gray has had on all three of their lives and careers.< Less