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 — in the meantime dispatched from Milan to Rome under the pretext of a
promotion — apparendy always carried within himself this injury to his vanity like
an open running wound, which would never heal. In the marble of the wall, ...
Don't you realize what it means to be summoned a second time, to be subjected
to a new interrogation — this has never happened before! There's something
behind it. The Prefect is suspicious, he's interested in this man who apparendy ...
Serena leaned toward him, but they did not speak to each other. She too was
vigilant, listening without showing any emotion, but I could see the jewels of her
earrings sparkling against her apparendy immobile cheek. This time Stilicho
made a ...
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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