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 don't know what he was doing there." "May I help you remember? Was he
perhaps waiting for some prearranged signal? You had met him before, you
know." "I refuse to discuss the allegations made by a slave frightened of torture.
At the direction of a slave, I went to sit on a bench in one of the rooms bordering
the atrium. In the distance was a garden. I could smell damp plants and earth; I
heard the murmur of water streaming into the basin of an invisible fountain.
Maybe those who are born slaves end up looking like their masters. A brand of
nature. . ." "Exacdy right! He has put his stamp in your blood, in your soul. You are
his grandson." Now something seems to press down upon the Prefect; it is as if ...
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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