What to watch: Quō Vādis

Made almost seventy years ago (1951), this movie is still a classic for most Christians.

Set to portray the events that happened in Rome during the final years of Emperor Nero’s reign, AD 64 - 68, it combines both historical and fictional events. I would advise that you do not get carried away with the fictional events (romance and personal lives of the characters) in the movie as that was not the aim of the movie.

The title of the movie lets you understand the aim of the movie. ‘Quō Vādis’ Latin for 'whither goest thou? or where are you going?' It refers to a conversation between Apostle Peter and Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Peter left Rome just at the time Nero began to persecute the Christians, and outside the city, he sees Jesus and he asks “Domine, Quō vādis?” (Master, where are you going?) and Jesus replies to him, “Rōmam eō iterum crucifīgī” (I am going to Rome to be crucified again). This inspired Peter to go back to Rome, where he encouraged the Saints and he was martyred by being crucified upside down.

This was the aim of the movie, to show the unimaginable wickedness done to the Christians in Rome and the victory that the Christians had. Yes, they were killed but they were so confident that they had overcome!

I learnt so much from watching this movie; why Rome would be burnt again Revelations 18: 17-20, the importance of doing what Christ would have you do else He’d go back to Rome to be crucified again (He’d do it Himself) and so much more what I’m sure you’d find out in the movie.

I’m excited to know what you learnt or would learn after watching this movie. Share your thoughts with me in the comments section, looking forward to reading them.

Have the best weekend yet!


This is the Russian version, you can turn on the subtitle in YouTube and auto-generate the translation to English or any other language you prefer.