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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When, some months later, Hadrian visits once more he is struck by the disturbing
alteration in Eliezar' s appearance: this man, who had once been straight as an
arrow, sits huddled in the folds of his garments; he is emaciated, withered; his ...
... the stinking tenement holes — was it the reminder of Olybrius and Probinus,
was it the painted figures on the walls, which caused me to abandon my reserve,
to yield to the temptation of being once more, for an instant, the man I once was?
What is justice, what is injustice? whispers the Prefect, desperately attempting
once again to substitute the illusion for the dreaded vision. His voice is so low
that what he says cannot be heard. As first magistrate of the City, of course he
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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