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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... I saw my former self pass before my eyes, a famous man on his way to higher
honors. My fall was imminent and I, who understood — or thought I understood —
so much, didn't even suspect it. I couldn't get rid of the cry "Munera! Munera!
Munera! Munera! Chills have often run down my spine when, during a
gladiatorial contest, an unnatural dead silence fell over the arena just before the
fatal stroke was given. A crowd often thousand held their breath and craned their
I know so well the power of need; the all-consuming search for basic necessities.
For the first time in many months, I left the labyrinth, impelled by curiosity.
Honorius went by, a voice cried "Munera, Munera!" between the temples, and
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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