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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"In other words, you want to ruin me and my friends. Now I understand why the
commander of the guard thought he had the right to force his way into my house.
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"All right, punish me then if you have to, but I beg you to leave my family and my
friends alone." "I can't leave anyone alone who was discovered on your premises
last night. My heart is bleeding, but I must enforce the law." "Enforce it then, but ...
Every morning her confessor and her devout women friends had to work their
way — small, unworldly processions — through the crowds of clients waiting for
her sons. "You're in trouble." "No, not if you let go of my cloak." "I can't believe my
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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