Book title: Deo Volente: (God Willing) Love in the First Century Book 1
Author: Giselle Aguiar
Publication date: July 11, 2011
Publisher: WestBow Press
Latin is a favorite foreign language for many homeschool families, and is often accompanied with studies of early Roman culture. There are a number support groups or co-ops in the Phoenix area, such as TGIF which provide Latin classes for homeschool students. Deo Volente is a novel by Giselle Aguiar that provides some language practice with a peak into Roman life, centered around an actual historic event in the first century AD.
Deo Volente takes the reader into the heart of the Roman culture of 69 AD. Set in the town of Puteoli, Italy, details of daily life are clearly depicted. Latin words are liberally sprinkled throughout the text, with a glossary at the end for those not acquainted with the language. Customs, traditions and religious superstitions are explored in the context of a story about struggles on many levels.
Life is about to change for Claudia Mettellus, a 20-year old daughter of the wealthy city magistrate. While her father, Marcus, is planning an arranged marriage for her with the former beau of her aunt, Claudia is invited to a clandestine Christian meeting by her cousin Paolo. She feels drawn to the new teachings about one God, and to the young minister, Anthony, but she knows that embracing Christianity will leave her disowned by her father.