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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The little Egyptian, Klafthi. The thin brown boy caught in the act of sacrifice
among the reeds, grown up to be a student in a toga. Encountered again by
accident in the galleries of Alexandria, walking behind a baldheaded teacher of
Klafthi's face is narrower, harder; all traces of boyishness have vanished from it,
but there remains, more strongly, that look of dark defiance which had struck the
Prefect in the canefields. That precise quality — a fleeting waft of wildness and ...
Eliezar hands him a paper, a copy of a clause in his will: "Klafthi servus meus
liberesto. . . that my slave Klafthi shall be free. . . ." "This will become legal in the
hour of my death. My heirs will not be able to claim him. Don't The Prefect 83.
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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