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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Hadrian, honorary Roman, more Roman than the Romans, presumes distrust
when there is no reason for it at all; is ashamed — worse, sometimes offended —
even when Egypt is mentioned innocendy. He does not wish to analyze his ...
he feels himself to be a Roman of the second rank, compared with the Romans of
Rome. 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 ...
Dionysus, although Liber does not seem to have any connection with wine.
Romans connected his name with libertas: liberty. Dctor: An attendant granted to
a Roman magistrate as a sign of official dignity. The lictor bore the fasces, the
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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