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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For the first time in many years, feelings stir in the Prefect which he thought had
been dispelled; they smart like old wounds. He suspects that all the officials
behind him have been reminded now of what they have always known: that
I knew about this too, just as I knew — or thought I knew — everything in those
days. While the rose petals rained upon Honorius's procession — and thus upon
me — I thought about how I could honor Stilicho in words without offending the ...
But the real object of my love and honor was Rome, City and Empire, legend and
reality, a dazzling and sublime world of thoughts and actions which inspired my
pen and later strengthened my voice at the ceremonial reading before the ...
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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