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 swear that I have never sacrificed a cock unless it was in your presence." That
piece of stone in the dream, that relief, a raised hand: "I swear. . ." But what, when
, how? Dreams, it is said, are a mixture of memory and premonition .
"I think you're dreaming out loud. You think you're talking to somebody else." "I
thought about him this morning. Now I understand why." "Chessboard. Eliezar? I'
ve never seen anyone else play that game. I didn't know that I resembled him.
The stirring and whispering behind him has an unmistakably hostile character;
short taps with his signet ring will never again call this company to order. The
face of the Commandant Aulus Fronto, exemplary soldier, betrays no emotion,
but his ...
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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