A romantic tragedy of early Rome, the story woven around the life of the Empress Faustina, the mother of Nero. She was a corrupt and voluptuous queen, who knew no law but to break it, obeyed no will except her own, and at the period of her life when occur the scenes of our present picture, she was thirty-five years of age, and madly infatuated with a handsome Roman soldier, Flavian Gato. He was a general in the Queen's service, and our opening scene shows Faustina in her magnificent pleasure craft, drifting down the Tiber to meet her lover upon his return from the wars. Flavian has prepared a feast for the Empress, and we are present at the revels, a faithful reproduction of life in Rome nearly two thousand years ago. After Faustina's departure, Flavian regales his Roman friends with a description of his battles. A slave girl, Naodamia, enters with a flagon of wine, and Flavian sees her for the first time; he becomes enamored of the girl's beauty and innocence, dismisses his followers...
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