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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Life here does not rise above the level of the rooftops; it consists essentially of the
pavements, the sewers, the stained and moldy walls, constant din of voices,
peddling and squabbling, shrieks of pain and of laughter, stink and smoke, ...
... crushing his heart: a chunk of marble or granite, a piece of a relief. A thin voice
calls out in the distance, or is it only his imagination? Two stone fingers, larger
than life, stab through him before raising themselves aloft as though taking an
His voice is so low that what he says cannot be heard. As first magistrate of the
City, of course he knows the regulae juris, the rules of law. He enjoys showing off
his knowledge of them: during hearings he adorns his arguments with citations.
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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