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 came upon the man by accident in the street — he looked like someone I knew
once. After I had invited him to visit my home, I discovered my mistake." "And
when was that7" "My slave told you — on the day of the entry of the Emperor ...
... no time to rejoice over that: the next thing I knew, someone had seized me,
crying, "He was there! He was part of it!" I was pushed and Claudius Claudianus
"Nothing could be a greater threat to your safety than the presence of someone
who, by judgment, has been denied fire and water." I saw in his eyes and in the
stubborn lines around his mouth that no words of mine could dissuade him.
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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