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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rice in the poetry of the time, a convention, and not even the bishops complained
about it. It should be noted, incidentally, that Marcus Anicius, looking to the past,
uses book-rolls at a time when the codex, with its sewn binding, had largely ...
For what7 To dethrone Honorius, to expel the bishops? To defy the passion for
salvation and the mystique of martyrdom and restore the sobriety and self-
discipline which failed to inspire the Roman citizen four hundred years ago?
Looking at ...
At that time there were many who, influenced by the bishops, openly voiced their
suspicions of Stilicho — he was suspected of being in league with Eugenius, the
candidate for emperor of the non- Christian party — and conspired to destroy ...
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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