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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Black marble floors, pillars of porphyry and basalt; at every turn a view of
adjacent enclosed gardens or the reflecting rectangle of a pool; and, alternatively
, twilit rooms where one walked over soft panther skins and where there were the
We turn into barbarians to be free of the demand for reason and responsibility,
and at the same time we become Christians so that we can believe in eternal
salvation." "Barbarians, Christians. . . What do those words mean? There are
"I'm not," he said, with sudden ferocity. He moved nearer to me and lowered his
voice. From close by, I saw his wrinkled skin, the black smudges under his eyes.
The odor of his pomade was so overpowering that I had to turn away from 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