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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Both relied on regents: Honorius was guided by Flavius Stilicho, a respected
Vandal general whose wife, Serena, was Theodosius's niece and adopted
daughter. Arcadius was controlled first by Rufinus, a Gaul of bad reputation, and
then by ...
or of those among the powerful whom he took to be his friends — and most of all
of his constant benefactor Flavius Stilicho, the guardian, father-in- law and
advisor of Emperor Honorius and virtual ruler of the Occidental Empire. The
There was the question of the appointment of Flavius Stilicho to the supreme
command of the army. As an Egyptian by birth, Hadrian could hardly take the
liberty of openly criticizing the elevation to the highest military post of someone
who was ...
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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