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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That damned venom of yours could cost us our heads. He's not a tramp; he's not
an illiterate or a runaway slave or a backward yokel who lets himself be led like a
cow to the slaughter. How did you get it in your head — " "But we had to bring ...
Every year in the days of the ancient republic, the head of a sacrificial horse was
hung on the wall to ward off disaster. Serena's executioners did not know what
they were doing, even though they tried to justify their senselessly cruel deed to ...
Magister militum: Supreme Head of the Army. Magister offkiorumx Chief of
Chancellery. Magna Mater: The Great Goddess, Cybele. She was a mother
goddess, primarily a goddess of fertility, but also a goddess of wild nature. The
cult 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