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 I entered the tablinum, the situation was as follows: the couches were
pushed together so that they formed three sides of a square. Marcus Anicius
Rufus, his wife Sempronia and their previously mentioned guests were lying with
Sometimes I think about Socrates — when he was dying, he charged his friends
to offer a cock to Aesculapius in thanks for the healing, the deliverance, which
death would bring to him." At that moment the door to the tablinum slid open; the
Progymnasmata: Rhetorical exercises. Pro Se: Himself; in one's own behalf.
Popina: A tavern. Sacrificium: Sacrifice. Stola: A long robe. Tablinum: A gallery, a
room separating the peristyle from the atrium. Tepidarium: A tepid bathing room.
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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