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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Claudius — who prefers to be called Claudianus in honor of the rhetorician with
whom he studied — gradually becomes well known in literary circles. Hadrian's
visits to Eliezar become less frequent. Each time he comes, he offers to bring ...
Let him become their protege. You've made a half- Roman of him — now
complete your work. He must not come back to Alexandria. And now one other
thing, the last thing that I shall ask of you: swear by everything that you hold most
Those who are friends and companions today become sworn enemies tomorrow
and vice versa. Personal feuds transcend group interests. Words and deeds are
seldom in accord with each other. Stilicho had continually to deal with all those ...
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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