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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Hadrian summons Aulus Fronto, the Commander of the City guard. He brings
news of what is happening in the dungeons below. The slave Milo has admitted
under pressure that on the evening of the man Niliacus's first visit to Marcus
... Marcellinus Maximus, Flaccus Vescularius, Gaius Agirius Flestus, Quintus
Fulcinius Trio: "From everything that I learned during the interrogation this
morning, from the Commandant of the City guard, Aulus Fronto, and from the
witnesses as ...
The Commandant Aulus Fronto appears at the door, surrounded by his men. This
in itself is not unusual: the detachment of the praetorian guard which makes the
arrest must be present at every session of the court. However this time the ...
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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