It takes place in the year 95 C.E. (A.D.) at the home of Flavia Sabena — a cousin toEmperor Domitian — on the last night of the Festival of Saturnalia. The hostess hasinvited eminent Jewish-Roman historian Flavius Josephus, as guest of honor, to givereadings from his works while they wait up all night in their annual solar vigil celebratingthe mid-Winter Solstice. Among the guests are P. Cornelius Tacitus, the leading voiceamong Roman historians, and Gaius Suetonius Tranquillus the biographer of the Caesars.Opening with the “Star & Scepter” prophecy and a fl ashback to Isaiah, the action shifts toJosephus, who explains that what encouraged the zealot bandits who fomented this war,was an ambiguous oracle of a world ruler coming out of their country that was supportedby their scriptural writings. But as it turned out, the oracle foretold the elevation ofVespasian, who was proclaimed Roman Emperor while he was in Judea.