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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Four lines of verse which had been on everyone's lips about the "Egyptian" and
his avarice — these were undoubtedly in the thoughts of more than one of those
attending the proceedings. This realization certainly helped the Prefect to ...
When the mother — an Egyptian slave — died of fever, Eliezar placed the small
child with the family of an overseer on the estate. His nicknames — "Little One", "
Sonny", "Hey You" — were quickly outgrown. The names passed on from father
This man opposite him, with his tired eyes and soft voice, has no aspirations, for
himself or his kinfolk, to what the Christianized Egyptian Hadrian considers the
highest honor; he doesn't mock Hadrian, but he seems to detract from his ...
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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