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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"Can you imagine what it means to me to have to work — when work of that kind
is possible today — with a bunch of freaks that don't know the first thing about any
of it7 I am a professional person and what I am doing now has nothing to do ...
He remembers his feeling of triumph, hardly tempered by pity, on seeing Eliezar
dying, defeated, abandoning his habitual reserve, recognizing Hadrian as a
person of consequence. Why else would he have confided to a stranger that
He requests permission to speak. "In the cell of the released prisoner, a small
sealed vial was discovered, which, after inquiry, was found to contain a quick-
acting poison. This vial was not on the person of the prisoner when he was
locked up ...
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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