Gratillonius is an exemplary survivor. No longer enjoying life, he nevertheless goes into partnership with his father-in-law, manages the latter's land, helps to fence a meadow and breeds horse to sell to the Roman cavalry. He also understands that:
"...the world was moving into a different age."
-Poul and Karen Anderson, The Dog And The Wolf, Chapter XVIII, section 2, p. 359.
Bishop Corentinus is building a cathedral that will continue to be enlarged and beautified by future generations. That never happened before. Gratillonius knows that Christ lives as he knows that the Emperor does although he has met neither. The Christian faith that claims an inner intimacy with Christ is still beyond him. But what a guy. Anderson's most impressive hero?