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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Claudian arrived in Italy apparendy around 394 and a year or so later became
poet to the court of Emperor Honorius. He is generally considered to be the last of
the great Latin poets. He wrote panegyrics, invectives and epics, most of them ...
"I didn't visit Marcus Anicius Rufus." "Ah, yes, then it was he who approached you.
What did he want with you?" "A while ago I was attacked during a fight in the
street — " "On the day of the entry of the exalted Emperor Honorius?" "That's right.
The palanquin in which the Emperor Honorius was sitting had just gone by when
somewhere in the crowd behind me, under the pine trees, the cry rose, "Munera,
munera.' . . . The games! The games!" For an instant, everyone seemed ...
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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