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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On all sides of us were tall, white shapes; we were in the Forum of Trajan, a place
which for years I had avoided like the plague. There they were: the twice dead,
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I should perhaps have turned tail, should have bolted from the procession when
his cortege was moving through the Forum of Trajan. I knew that the confrontation
with him would be an ordeal in many respects. I thought above all of the ...
My statue had already been erected in the Forum of Trajan. Claudius Claudianus
: This marble doll, a symbol of the poetic spirit, bore only a surface resemblance
to the crystal of poetry; in substance it was colder and harder than the Alpine ice.
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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