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Threshold of Fire, a Novel of 5th Century Rome (tr)
(ISBN: 0-89733-3990-X)

Author(s): Haasse, Helga Pages: 255
Publisher: Academy Date of Publication: 1993
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Alexandria, Rome Period: 414 AD (Code: 9c1)
Rome Setting: y Christian/Jewish/Pagan: c/p
Mystery: n First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Claudian, pagan writer & humanist, persecuted under edict of Theodosius; Christians exploit their newly gained power. Good & bad characters on both side, but only really honorable characters are an Egyptian Jew & his grandson (Claudian), who returns to Rome despite having been exiled & comes into conflict with the Christian Prefect, Hadrian. --- Hadrian, a devout Christian, wants to eradicate paganism, while Claudius Claudianus, an exiled Roman poet, writes about the ill effects of Christianity on the Roman state. Adamson/WHF '98
Unique Qualities: Orig pub in Dutch in 1964
Rating: 'both less dogmatic & wiser than many [books] which concern this period' PW
Review By:
Review In: PW Jul 5,93, p.62

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