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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"And when was that7" "My slave told you — on the day of the entry of the Emperor
Honorius, three weeks ago." "And who was it you thought he resembled?" "That's
certainly beside the point— it has nothing to do with the situation.
"I'm not grateful enough to you for that7 Don't I do everything — all you need to do
is ask? I'm your doormat, your dog. Now you want to tell me to go to hell?" "Don't
whine! You know what I have against you. Don't meddle with things that don't ...
And after that7 After that I (the unknown, the nameless, born on the banks of the
Nile) began to learn what life is. No theory, no convention, not the formality of
court life where (as any keen observer can see) anarchy prevails. Ordinary
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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