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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Quickly he searches his memory, scouring various strata of his official activities: a
place, a time, an event7 At this moment he knows that there is something more
here than meets the eye — something that goes much deeper. His satisfaction at
Still another memory: a rebellion against the authorities in Thessalonica was
punished, at Rufinus's insistence, by putting to the sword seven thousand
inhabitants of the city after they were invited to the circus on the pretext of
Sharp eyes he had, and a good memory. He smiled as he set down his goblet. "
It's wise of you to say nothing. You can trust me." "There's nothing between us. I
didn't ask you for that favor which you so kindly bestowed on me. Under no ...
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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