The story told in Palestine takes place 21 years after the birth of Jesus, Ben-Hur is 17 years old and accidentally drops a tile in their head Valerius Gratus, the Roman Empire of passage console. On that occasion, he feels betrayed by Messala, his companion that assists the whole scene, and does nothing to prevent the arrest.
The soldiers arrested both Ben-Hur that her family on charges of attempted revolt against Rome and the boy is condemned to be enslaved on Roman ships as a rower, while his mother and younger sister named Tirzah are imprisoned.
During one night encounter with the pirates, Ben-Hur saves Quintus Arrius from death. The latter adopts him and names him heir as a reward for his actions.
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