Threshold of Fire: A Novel of Fifth Century Rome
Allison & Busby, 1997 - 255 pagina's
Initially published in The Netherlands in 1964, Haasse's ( In the Dark Wood Wandering ) pensive novel of the clash between Christian and pagan cultures in A.D. 414 is a far cry from the likes of Lloyd C. Douglas or Lew Wallace. For one thing, it's the pagan Romans following the faith of their forefathers who are persecuted in accordance with the edicts of Theodosius, while Christians exploit their new authority. There are despicable and admirable representatives of both cults; the only two truly honorable characters are an Egyptian Jew and his illegitimate half-slave grandson. After an Alexandrian education, this grandson returns to Rome, from where he had been exiled after one of the political shifts of the late Empire, to become the poet Claudian, an historical figure often considered the last classical Roman writer. His unlawful presence in Rome brings him into conflict with the Christian Prefect Hadrian. Although the real Claudian is sometimes claimed by Christians, Haasse's creation eschews established religion in favor of humanism. It is Claudian's character and his "faith" that forms the core of a book both less dogmatic and wiser than many which concern this period. -- Publisher's Weekly
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Hadrian, honorary Roman, more Roman than the Romans, presumes distrust
when there is no reason for it at all; is ashamed — worse, sometimes offended —
even when Egypt is mentioned innocendy. He does not wish to analyze his ...
he feels himself to be a Roman of the second rank, compared with the Romans of
Rome. This man opposite him, with his tired eyes and soft voice, has no
aspirations, for himself or his kinfolk, to what the Christianized Egyptian Hadrian ...
Atrium: The fore-court, that part of the Roman house opening off the entrance.
Clarissimi: Excellencies. Clarissimus: Tide given in the Imperial period to people
of quality. Clivus Capitolinus: The road to the Capitol. Curiales: Members of 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