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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crawling out of a hole in the ground toward a secret offering which still smoldered
on a pagan altar. Through persistent pagan practices, Marcus Anicius Rufus and
his friends appear to have eclipsed the light of the sun and to have caused one ...
The young magistrate felt compelled, with the fervor of the recent convert to
Christianity, to voice both his abhorrence at pagan custom and his familiarity with
it, in the same breath. Eliezar found his pedantry almost unbearably irritating.
fact that all of Rome now knows who and what you are: a Jew's freed slave —
and most important — found by me in the most dissolute pagan clique in
Alexandria. I spared you during the proceedings. I didn't mention your real name
or reveal ...
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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