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 man facing the Prefect moves a step nearer on the meandering mosaics and
raises his right hand. "I can't prove anything. Besides, it's the accuser who must
supply the proof. But I swear that I have never sacrificed a cock unless it was in ...
with a former client and longtime intimate friend who had turned into a hated
enemy; that the Prefect had seized the opportunity now to destroy the man whom,
a few years earlier, he had not dared accuse of defamation for fear of making ...
One of the guard now hands a small bottle of opaque glass to the Prefect, who
lifts it unthinking to his face, smells the odor of bitter almonds. Absendy, he lets
the fragile shell glide back and forth between his fingers, while the Commandant
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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