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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In the marble of the wall, a confusion of threads and reddish spots, like exposed
bloody tissue. Ten years ago, only a short distance from here, somewhere in a
subterranean vault, seized by desperation and rage, I smashed my fist against
Every year in the days of the ancient republic, the head of a sacrificial horse was
hung on the wall to ward off disaster. Serena's executioners did not know what
they were doing, even though they tried to justify their senselessly cruel deed to ...
I heard footsteps behind the wall. There was some movement in the mass of ivy a
few feet from where I sat; there appeared to be an opening in the wall there. Two
men appeared among the vines — three actually, because the first was ...
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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