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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The unspoken words behind this speech, carefully suppressed out of self-
preservation: "I have heard your pleas. Not because they were full of pathos or
because you compared me to Alexander, Achilles or Hercules. Not even because
Hadrian did not say these words. Distrust and fear paralyzed his tongue. Distrust:
How much of what Claudius said was sincere — how much was just rhetoric and
poetic exaggeration? What were Claudius's real feelings? Fear: if he said these ...
No word about me. Digressions about everything and everyone, allusions to the
cesspool in Alexandria, but no uwd about who rescued him from there, saved his
soul from eternal damnation, enabled him to achieve the status he sought so ...
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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