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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I considered it an audacious move. In order to present that act as acceptable,
necessary — even righteous — I needed only to paint in the blackest colors the
abyss of depravity which had engulfed the late Rufinus and others — still living, ...
Wrapped in his white toga, he stands outside the iron bars, staring at the vague
figure in the corner, and with a nod signals the guardsmen to move into the
background. "Claudius." No reply. "As always, I feel responsible for you." The
man in ...
In a palanquin, under armed escort, the Prefect is brought back to his villa. After a
bath and a hasty meal (alone, silent, served by slaves who move like shadows),
he paces back and forth for a while in the peristylium. The moon rises, reddish, ...
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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