With this book Robert Graves again demonstrates his command of a vast historical subject, creating a startling and vivid picture of a decadent era. Read more. A review y David Maclaine of the historical novel Count Belisarius by Robert Graves. A vigorous tale, lacking the completely distinctive qualities of a hero that made Claudius so exceptional, Belisarius retains the same.

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Driven by jealousy, the Emperor then sent him off on a suicide mission in North Africa of no real strategic value, only to discover that a very real threat was surfacing much closer to home. Mar 06, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: E Belisario affronta tutte queste prove in maniera pacifica, con la pazienza propria ciunt santi, visto che tanti altri velisarius sarebbero tolti almeno la soddisfazione di dare un pugno sul grugno a un imperatore capriccioso, incompetente e infame, sempre pronto a perdonare i peggio traditori.

The book, supposedly written by his wife’s eunuch Eugenius, follows his campaigns in Rome and Northern Africa, chronicling the court intrigues and jealousies that prevent him from winning the glories that Although not belisxrius the masterpiece that both of the Claudius novels are, Count Belisarius is a great read, and brings the period, the 6th century C. Graves also suffered from shell shock, or neurasthenia as it is sometimes called, although he was never hospitalised for it.


The women in this story absolutely steam roll over the men, with no remorse or doubt. I think the brilliance of writers like Robert Be,isarius and Hilary Mantel is their ability through historical fiction to capture something MORE than history.


But the indignation roused by this portrait of irredeemably weak and corrupt rulers — the cowardly and unworthy Emperor Justinian and his black-hearted manipulatrix of a xount, the Empress Theodora — was completely out of proportion for a fictionalized retelling of events that took place over one thousand five hundred years ago.

He seems to have adored his wife who was older and much more experienced than he. Karakters zijn wat plat weergegeven, maar de Byzantijnse wereld van de zesde eeuw wordt met veel details weergegeven.

Count Belisarius by Robert Graves

It’s an odd idea, but really pretty mundane by Graves’ standards! Outstanding novel by Graves – marred perhaps by the depth to which he explained military proceedings, structures and so on. The book is full of military manoeuvres and how to win at ancient warfare.

Customers who viewed gravves item also viewed. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I knew little more than you can glean from the blurb on the dust cover of the book. Quotes from Count Belisarius.

Belisarius is more of an archetypal Roman hero than an actual character, with his only flaws being velisarius excess of virtue. The accounts of Robert Graves’s sources for Count Belisarius include some of the great historical works of classical antiquity: Everyone should read this book!

The unquestioning faith Belisarius placed in the pathetic little wretch Justinian as god’s appointed ruler, was soul-crushing and maddening. Historical fiction about Belisarius, Byzantium’s greatest general, who briefly reconquered Italy, Sicily, and North Africa in bekisarius ‘s. This page was last edited on 21 Octoberat Customers who bought this item also bought.

While at Charterhouse inhe fell in love with G. Belisarius’ battles, often won against greater numbers, are well described.


Second, seeing another review of this book on GoodReads some months ago caused me to realize that I know almost nothing about the Eastern Roman Empire, even though I have read quite a bit about the Roman Republic and the early grwves of the Western Empire. There are few things I love more than my books.

COUNT BELISARIUS by Robert Graves | Kirkus Reviews

Gravea Belisarius’ unrelenting goodness, the noxious treatment that he endured from his emperor and his cronies shocks the mind. Isil apparently believe in a prophecy from that time and place, which foretells the fall of the west. I knew the “golden ages” of Greece and Rome pretty well, even a lot of confused stuff about the Roman Republic, but affairs of the Constantinopolitan sixth belsiarius empire of Justinian, indeed the whole period between Constantine and the, shudder, Dark Ages were terra incognita.

This is a dense book, but the gold to be found in it is immense. Feb 07, Jim rated it it was amazing. One of the great historical works of fiction. What was most interesting about the book, though, was Graves’ concentration on questions of defense, and the problems associated with martial preparation and national identity in a large and rapidly crumbling multiethnic empire. Sep 04, J. He also deals with machinations at the court of Justinian and Theodora set against the broader history of that period.