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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He suspects that all the officials behind him have been reminded now of what
they have always known: that Hadrian, born and raised in Alexandria, in Egypt, is
an imported Roman — yes, he too is a Niliacus — and that this knowledge, ...
That question is closely connected to another which the Prefect must admit to his
consciousness: why, when surprise and displeasure were clearly written on the
faces of his officials, did he not go on to interrogate the enigmatic foreigner?
In the district where I have lived since my official disappearance, in the
ramshackle tenements or in one of the markets and squares in the neighborhood,
I can still imagine that everything is the same as it was twenty years ago. Under
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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