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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All that really happened is that I invited the mime Pylades — I enjoyed his
performances in the past — to come and amuse my guests with one of the
numbers that were popular in his heyday. Before dessert — following ancient
custom — I had ...
"What statue?" "Of the poet Claudius Claudianus." The Prefect is silent for a long
time. Finally, still seated, he says, "Bring the mime Pylades and his dwarf. Not in
the justice hall. Here." 7. With a grimace, Urbanilla thrusts herself away from the ...
She knows so little that she does not realize that she has no talent for dancing or
acting; she is unconscious of her real power, which is skilfully exploited by
Pylades in the mime show: a unique mixture of savagery and perversity —
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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