|Threshold of Fire (1966) [Novel]|
by Hella S. Haasse
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(From the publisher):
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; he rarely "makes entry" into Rome.
This is the briliant canvas against which the characters in this drama interact. There is the Prefect Hadrian, a powerful official and fanatical Christian convert; Marcus Anicius, the pagan aristocrat who is clinging to a dying past, and the Jew Eliezar ben Elijah, hemmed in by his own traditions and burdened by his dark vision of the future.
Original title: Een nieuwer testament
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ Ancient World (Greece, Rome, etc)