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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No theory, no convention, not the formality of court life where (as any keen
observer can see) anarchy prevails. Ordinary people: men who practice their
trade in the workplace as long as it is light, who make good use of years spent in
In your manuscript you mention acquaintances of yours in the Subura whom you
take to be Arians. That would certainly interest an ecclesiastical court. I don't
consider myself qualified to render judgment in those kinds of cases. I could turn
Atrium: The fore-court, that part of the Roman house opening off the entrance.
Clarissimi: Excellencies. Clarissimus: Tide given in the Imperial period to people
of quality. Clivus Capitolinus: The road to the Capitol. Curiales: Members of the ...
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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