Threshold of fire: a novel of fifth century Rome
Academy Chicago Publishers, 1 sep. 1993 - 255 pagina's
It is 414 A.D. and the once-powerful Roman Empire is in its death throes -- split between East and West, menaced by barbarian hordes almost literally at its gates. The Emperor Honorious cowers in the marsh-bound city of Ravenna, where he has moved the government. There is the Prefect Hadrian, a powerful official and fanatical Christian convert; Marcus Anicius, the pagan aristocrat who is clinging to a dyping past, and the Jew Eliezar ben Elijah, hemmed in by his own traditions and burdened by his dark vision of the future.
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"In the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer who died on the Cross for our sins,"
Hadrian, time and again, curses the worship of Serapis, who has been the god of
the city of Alexandria since the time of the Ptolemies; he describes in profuse ...
Encountered again by accident in the galleries of Alexandria, walking behind a
baldheaded teacher of rhetoric. Later, the objections, the self-doubt: is it fitting for
a high official, having just had a short conversation with the philosopher and ...
These things are the culmination of a process which began twenty years ago
when I left Alexandria to come to Rome. I could have recognized the signs if I had
chosen to. The Rome that I loved, that I venerated, no longer existed, had not ...
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - janerawoof - LibraryThing
This one was fantastic! Not a book of 'action', except in the memories expressed by two of the main characters, Prefect Hadrian and the poet, Claudius Claudianus. Hadrian presides at the trial of a ... Volledige review lezen
THRESHOLD OF FIREGebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
The cusps of the past are further explored in another of the prolific Haasse's historical sagas (In a Dark Wood Wandering, 1989; The Scarlet City, 1990)—a 1964 novel newly translated from the Dutch ... Volledige review lezen