Threshold Of Fire: A Novel Of Fifth Century Rome

Threshold Of Fire A Novel Of Fifth Century Rome It is 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

  • Title: Threshold Of Fire: A Novel Of Fifth Century Rome
  • Author: Hella S. Haasse
  • ISBN: 9780897333900
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 arIt 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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    1. Actually 4.5 stars but I rounded it up to 5. I was really engrossed in this one and had to keep reading until the finish. I read it aloud to make it last, so I could linger over every word. I was sorry when it did end. The author's writing was nothing short of brilliant. There was no violent 'action' but somehow this one moved me, through the author's powerfully giving us the psychology of her characters. Her descriptions of Egyptian, Alexandrian, Roman life [from the Hall of Justice to the squa [...]

    2. Centred on the historical court poet Claudian, here genuinely infatuated with the deeds of the general Stilicho, the Last Roman. Who wasn't Roman by nativity and few of the main cast are. Claudian and his conscience-stricken judge were Egyptian with Egyptian names, but Roman by conviction or by social climbing or an interesting tangle of both. This is a nicely structured short novel, around a court case for pagan practice, told from several perspectives. The Dutch title translates as A Newer Tes [...]

    3. Hella Haasse’s Threshold of Fire is a slender little book, just a handful of characters, half a dozen locations, no longer than a novella. Besides that, it’s a translation. But do not think it is a trifle.It is Roman historical fiction set at the collapse of the Empire, but it is much more than that. That can be diagrammed linearly. Threshold beats with the quivering heart of a rabbit in panic. Much is delineated in broad strokes. Much more shudders unspoken. It is a work of the highest poet [...]

    4. This book made me think of a scene from Family Guy:"We've been hustled!""Nobody calls it that anymore.""Than what would you call it, Jared?""I wouldn't comment on it. We were all there, we know what happened."Normally, I really like Hella Haasse, but in this book the dialogues just seemed so fake. Show, don't tell, please! She kept making her characters says things that were too obvious to say, or it all sounded really theatrical and dramatic and not realistic at all. The characters stayed one b [...]

    5. Zonder klassieke opleiding is er geen doorkomen aan. Wat een gortdroge verhandelingen. Ja, ik heb het uit met veel moeite, maar nee, dit was niets voor mij.

    6. This is a novel set in the waning years of the Western Empire, the late 5th c. Christianity has become the official imperial religion, and Vandals, Egyptians and other non-Romans are increasingly an integral part of Roman governance. The many changes in aristocratic society have been resisted by some--and it is in one patrician's resistance to Christianity in favor of traditional sacrificial rites that provides the plot. What was the nature of Anicianus' party? Did he break imperial law by sacri [...]

    7. A lo largo del siglo IV, el cristianismo pasa de ser perseguido por Roma a ser tolerado y, con el emperador Teodosio, se convierte en la religión del Estado. A finales del siglo se prohíben las manifestaciones públicas del culto pagano.A la muerte Teodosio en 395, el Imperio Romano se divide entre sus hijos Arcadio y Honorio. En Occidente, Honorio cede el poder a Flavio Estilicón, militar de origen vándalo que desde su cuartel general en Milán hará frente a las invasiones bárbaras hasta [...]

    8. This was a translation from Dutch. It is a bit confusing initially, I'm not sure if that was due to the translation or the non-linear narrative. Maybe it was a bit of both. All in all, I like historical fiction and ancient Rome fascinates me; having said that, it was hard for me to be involved w/the characters of the book. The illusions of the Prefect combined w/the illusions of the poet, made for an interesting contrast. However I didn't personally feel vested in the characters. Maybe b/c the b [...]

    9. This novel is set during the cataclysmic transformation that accompanied the death of the Roman Empire at the beginning of the middle ages when the Christian Church stamped out the vestiges of Roam cultural and religious heritage.It was Theodosius in the late 4th century that mandated trinitarianism and struck down all pagan forms of worship. He hastened the fall of Rome by splitting the empire into two sections, leaving his inheritance to two sons, both incompetent: Honorius ruled in the West; [...]

    10. Weer eens een Hella Haasse gelezen: Een Nieuwer Testament, uit 1991.Het geheel speelt zich af in het net gekerstende Rome (vijfde eeuw), waar andere godsdiensten streng verboden zijn door de eerste (?) christelijke keizer Honorius.Een man (Niliacus, hij die van de Nijl komt) staat voor het gerecht, beschuldigd van het offeren van een haan: afgoderij dus. Blijkt dat deze man vroeger de rechter (prefect, Hadrianus is zijn naam) heeft gekend en zelfs een poosje diens protegé is geweest.Niliacus is [...]

    11. Niet eenvoudig dit boek om te lezen. Ik heb het nu uit en ook het einde blijft raadselachtig. Zelden vertelt Haasse hoe het afloopt en ook deze keer moet de lezer raden. Ik ga het voor de bespreking nog een keer lezen, omdat het een boek is dat je na een keer lezen nog niet helemaal kunt doorgronden. Het heeft gelukkig maar 150 pagina's. Het onderwerp is interessant en speel in Rome. Geschiedenis dus en een van de items is de heidense gebruiken t.o. het christendom. Een interessant onderwerp daa [...]

    12. In Een nieuwer testament van Hella S. Haasse is het overduidelijk dat de auteur een klassieke opleiding heeft gevolgd, iets dat ik niet heb. Ik had dan ook af en toe behoorlijk wat moeite om het verhaal goed te kunnen volgen. Dat gezegd hebbende, is het al met al toch een interessant boek om een keer gelezen te hebben, en ik heb er dan ook geen spijt van :-)

    13. Historical fiction about the early 5th c. AD, when Rome had to face invading barbarians and was turning its back on its pagan, classical past in a big way, it's a good, quiet, understated book, with some ever-timely criticism of the way in which Christianity becomes tainted by hypocrisy when co-opted by secular powers. That said, I preferred Vidal's _Julian_ as a rather spicier evocation of this inflection point in history.

    14. Un libro extraño, amargo y triste: breve pero difícl de leer, una reflexión amarga sobre la religión, la vida, la muerte, el paganismo, el cristianismo y las motivaciones detrás de nuastros actos. El poeta Claudiano y su juez nos muestran su visión del mismo mundo, pero ninguno de los dos está seguro de su verdad. Quiza no es una gran novela, pero si un gran punto de partida para reflexionar sobre nuestras creencias y nosotros mismo: eso lo consigue, y eso ya la hace muy interesante.

    15. I love ancient Rome, so it goes without saying that I wanted to love this book. It did keep me interested while I was reading it, only for me to put it down afterwards and think, "That's it?" Haasse spends so much time creating these fascinating characters, and she uses non-linear storytelling to create suspense, but then it all builds up to a rather uninspired ending that just doesn't have the significance or emotional impact that it so badly wants to.

    16. Speelt zich af in de periode 404-417 nC in Rome en in het romeinse Egypte, met als centrale figuur de dichter Claudianus.Goede compositie maar niet volledig geslaagde uitwerking, vooral het begin komt zeer verward over. Delen 1 en 3 zijn stroef. Wel heel interessante inhoud over de scharnierperiode bij het begin van de 5de eeuw.

    17. I'm interested in historical fiction set in the collapsing Western Roman empire, and this novel, like many others, follows the pattern of identifying Christianity with opportunism at best and fanaticism at worst. A creeping Gibbonism, I suppose. I look forward to reading on to see if there are any other, more nuanced treatments.

    18. Not a bad book but still a disappointment.The author herself has said that this is the best book she had written, if that is the case I do not want to read the rest. Which is a shame because I have such respect for this woman.

    19. Not what i expected. Had some nice moments but the non-linear storytelling didn't work for me. It was too small to be dramatic. Some nice descriptions but the main character was a little out of age (his writing a bit too modern.)

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