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 secrets and riddles of the so-called commonplace are enough for me — and,
by the way, I have no desire to solve all of them, even if I were to be granted the
ability to do it — " Pylades tried another tack. "I haven't asked your name.
Pylades asked coldly. I could still only guess at the nature of their intentions
toward me. They certainly found it worth their while not to let me out of their sight.
It had been going on too long: I was as sober again as I had been in the morning,
While he is doing this, he realizes that, contrary to custom, he has not asked for
nor received the documents for the cases at hand. The Commandant Aulus
Fronto appears at the door, surrounded by his men. This in itself is not unusual:
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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