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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Just as the sea, in deepening layers of greens and violet, suddenly becomes an
abyss — so those who explore their pasts find, in their memories, chasms of
unsuspected darkness. Silence at his back, the loneliness of the narrow
Another sacrifice — again, a toll was paid to the powers of darkness which shall
be nameless. . . That's all, there is nothing more to be said. The authorities have
forbidden bloodshed as a form of popular amusement, buttheir faith promises ...
arms, who turns her face away from him: Don't believe that only darkness reigns.
Another star is shining, another light, On another world, on other beings. Marcus
Anicius embraced me as if I were a long- lost relative. "Allow me to help you.
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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