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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Whenever she ventured too close to the barbarian camp Cooking for food which
she believed was plentiful there), she was raped by everyone who could get hold
of her. After the barbarians departed, she huddled again, now here, now there, ...
... inlaid eyes either — the barbarians must have stolen them. . . I pointed to the
head with the laurel wreath. "Ah Claudius Claudianus 155.
"The barbarians and the Church are leading Rome down the road to ruin. We
turn into barbarians to be free of the demand for reason and responsibility, and at
the same time we become Christians so that we can believe in eternal salvation.
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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