Threshold of Fire: A Novel of Fifth Century Rome
Academy Chicago Publishers, 1993 - 255 pagina's
Initially published in The Netherlands in 1964, Haasses ( In the Dark Wood Wandering ) pensive novel of the clash between Christian and pagan cultures in A.D. 414 is a far cry from the likes of Lloyd C. Douglas or Lew Wallace. For one thing, its the pagan Romans following the faith of their forefathers who are persecuted in accordance with the edicts of Theodosius, while Christians exploit their new authority. There are despicable and admirable representatives of both cults; the only two truly honorable characters are an Egyptian Jew and his illegitimate half-slave grandson. After an Alexandrian education, this grandson returns to Rome, from where he had been exiled after one of the political shifts of the late Empire, to become the poet Claudian, an historical figure often considered the last classical Roman writer. His unlawful presence in Rome brings him into conflict with the Christian Prefect Hadrian. Although the real Claudian is sometimes claimed by Christians, Haasses creation eschews established religion in favor of humanism. It is Claudians character and his "faith" that forms the core of a book both less dogmatic and wiser than many which concern this period. -- Publishers Weekly
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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 ...
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 ...
The face of the Commandant Aulus Fronto , exemplary soldier , betrays no
emotion , but his bearing is grimly inflexible . He stands there , legs apart , chin
raised , a personification of the principles stricty upheld for years by the Prefect
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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