Like Lucius, the Roman Centurion Macky met in Jerusalem, Senator Antonius is also a Roman who is a Friend of Jesus. Antonius seems to be a well-intentioned man, but he is also rather timid and soft-spoken. Antonius’s conversion came about because of his wife’s involvement with the Friends.
Though his wife is now dead, Antonius keeps the flame burning brightly, but he must be careful. If his fellow Senators find out that he is a Friend of Jesus, he would lose his seat in the Senate, and probably his life as well.