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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His visits to Eliezar's house carry a touch of self-torment and at the same time
seem necessary to slake a nameless, growing curiosity. What is he seeking?
Why? Hadrian cannot play the Indian game — with two groups of ivory figures on
Eliezar: That's what they say. It's never been proven. Hadrian: All the priests are
castrated or perverted, a clique of so-called initiates in the secrets of Serapis as
god of the underworld, who practice magic, call up spirits ... It appears that a ...
In the same way, Eliezar proceeds — in silent doubt — to read, in the secret
language of themes and word choice, the history of a rebellion which is ignorant
of its own roots. He congratulates Hadrian on the results of his intercession and
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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