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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Oh, how intolerable that black haughty look in a face darker in complexion than is
usual among the Roman elite — but how comforting his own certainty of seeing
that calm expression wiped away, of seeing this illustrious protege of the great ...
A child's game — imitating a half-understood primitive ritual like those practiced
by the fellahs outside the enclosures of the estate, cock's blood washed away in
the twinkling of an eye and forgotten — one can look at these things objectively, ...
They discuss politics — that is, Hadrian takes the floor, not only to broach a
subject which passionately interests him, but also to look like even more of an
authority — in short, a Roman — in the eyes of Eliezar who, while he listens,
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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