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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a fist before his heart, or turned palm upward, fingers spread, in a gesture of
prayer, or even supplication . . . Now and then, he pauses at a table set with an
ongoing game of chess; he takes up a piece, moves it, shoves it back. The night
Under the low ceiling, each movement, each gesture throws flickering shadows. "
Are you then so obstinate a heathen that you choose death over the opportunity
to convert?" "As one condemned to imprisonment for life, I would then become a
Once, when I came across you in the olive garden, you made a gesture as if you
were about to place your hand on my head. But you quickly recovered and simply
waved your hand at me. I feared you, I respected you, but at every turn, ...
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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