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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He allows himself the luxury of ignoring them, of delaying the encounter with their
impassive faces and cold eyes. Then — a long look at the other three. None of
them seems like a complete stranger to him. His eyes come to rest on the last ...
Under the spell of those lackluster eyes, Hadrian raises his right hand: I swear. . .
. 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 ...
I sat on the scorched grass in the heat of the sun and thought about these things:
when I closed my eyes, I saw once more a horrible image that I knew not just from
hearsay, as I did the death of Stilicho, but which I had seen with my own eyes: ...
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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