Several years ago, I read a trilogy by Francine Rivers, the Mark of the Lion series. It was a story set in Rome and described what it was like during the first century after Christ's death and resurrection. Some people have hated the books because of the detailed descriptions of the decadence and debauchery that occurred in Rome at that time. I personally believe that she did a great job in writing about those things without going overboard. I also think that her books helped me to see how, even though our society has gotten extremely immoral, there have been times and places where things have actually been worse. And first-century Rome was one of them.