Threshold of Fire: A Novel of Fifth Century Rome
Academy Chicago Publishers, 1993 - 255 pagina's
Initially published in The Netherlands in 1964, Haasses ( In the Dark Wood Wandering ) pensive novel of the clash between Christian and pagan cultures in A.D. 414 is a far cry from the likes of Lloyd C. Douglas or Lew Wallace. For one thing, its the pagan Romans following the faith of their forefathers who are persecuted in accordance with the edicts of Theodosius, while Christians exploit their new authority. There are despicable and admirable representatives of both cults; the only two truly honorable characters are an Egyptian Jew and his illegitimate half-slave grandson. After an Alexandrian education, this grandson returns to Rome, from where he had been exiled after one of the political shifts of the late Empire, to become the poet Claudian, an historical figure often considered the last classical Roman writer. His unlawful presence in Rome brings him into conflict with the Christian Prefect Hadrian. Although the real Claudian is sometimes claimed by Christians, Haasses creation eschews established religion in favor of humanism. It is Claudians character and his "faith" that forms the core of a book both less dogmatic and wiser than many which concern this period. -- Publishers Weekly
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This man opposite him , with his tired eyes and soft voice , has no aspirations , for
himself or his kinfolk , to what the Christianized Egyptian Hadrian considers the
highest honor ; he doesn ' t mock Hadrian , but he seems to detract from his ...
When Hadrian mentions this , Eliezar does not react . His sharp - featured face
looks ashen in the reflection of his purple caftan ; his eyes are filled with shadows
. Suddenly he begins to talk about Flavius Stilicho , a solitary man in the most ...
His praise of the poet ' s work is measured ; he is aware that Hadrian is watching
him . One line haunts him : “ I shall never hesitate to become the weapon which
brings Zeus to destruction . ” When someone is being long sought in the jungle ...
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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