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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She first menstruated at the time the Goths attacked the City. During the famine,
she was one of those who knew how to hold their own ground without mercy.
Like a rat, a ferret, a fierce, nervous beast of prey, she crawled, crept and climbed
Many of these, since the invasion of the Goths, were headless, armless. Some of
them had been knocked off their pedestals and lay awaiting restoration. I can find
my way among those heroes and masters. A sudden desire to torment myself ...
His attempt to come to an accord with the neighboring Goths (he knew that Rome
stood no chance in a war) had shocked both Honorius's Christian and non-
Christian advisors into frantic opposition. Serena understood that at that moment
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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