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 (tensely): Such as? Eliezar (calmly): Let's say such as the praefectus
praetorio Orientis. "Rufinus?" "Rufinus." (An enemy of Bishop Ambrosius and, in
addition, a pagan Gaul. No possible objection there.) Still another memory: a ...
Claudius Claudianus: the ambitious, zealous architect of a composition in black
and white about the power struggle between the western and the eastern parts of
the Empire, Stilicho against Rufinus. I put my imagination at the service of ...
Precisely because I did not believe for a moment that Stilicho was really involved
in the murder, and because I was convinced (by whispers among some insiders)
that other enemies of Rufinus had cleverly exploited the prevailing mood, ...
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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