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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Marcus Anicius Rufus and his friends had been brought to the prefecture for
immediate trial, but even this welcome information could not erase the memory of
his strange, early morning dream . . . He had found himself on a barren, desolate
But a dream, a sudden encounter with a certain Niliacus (whose last remark
seems to have separated them from the others and joined them together) have
shrivelled away two decades of Roman grand style. The hand of the other, this ...
In the dream, the ship vanished behind the horizon. Whoever abandoned him
there had sailed away out of his life, forever. The Prefect has only to close his
eyes to stand once more on the marble steps, to hear again the whisper 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