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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Did Robert Graves abuse history in writing this? One person found this helpful. Poca simpatia mi hanno suscitato anche le due figure femminili: There is glut of battle scenes, descriptions of campaigns, seiges and the deployment of soldiers. Belisarius himself is one of the most underrated military minds in all of history, who specializes in running campaigns on a shoestring budget. Belisarius is purely noble, Justinian purely loathsome – no nuance is on show.

The poor are the first to starve during war, the ones left to be destroyed by the burning vraves cities and villages and farms, the plunder that the troops believe is their prize for fighting, especially when the Emperor cannot or will not pay his troops.

On the other hand, his wife Theodora isn’t all roses and sunshine, but she’s a strong-willed and clever operator who deserves a good deal of the credit for Justinian’s successes.

That’s my guess, anyway.

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Please provide an email address. One evening, towards the beginning of secondary school, I was standing in front of the desk in an alcove off the living room above which were most of my father’s belissrius books on long shelves reaching from wall to wall. He is best known for the historical novel I, Claudius and the critical study of myth bekisarius poetry The White Goddess. Jun 22, Liviu rated it it was amazing.

Count Belisarius by Robert Graves

An honest and principled man, who reconquered Rome and Carthage with a miniscule force, and died, according to legend, a blind beggar, fallen to the intrigues of the Byzantine court. One of the great historical works of fiction. When he returned, victorious, it was not as a hero. This article needs additional citations for verification.


If the same injustice appeared in a documentary or an article in the Toronto Star, I’d likely flip the subconscious switch that shuts down the engines of empathy, and prevents me from feeling compelled to action.

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The first is that I loved Graves’ Claudius novels and welcomed the opportunity to read another of his books. I generally keep my favorite books on bookshelf display. The characters, however, are so ridiculously flat as to be meaningless: The reader will get a good sense of the political times simply reading about Belisarius’ exploits at war in Persia and the near east, Africa, Italy and Thrace.

As the General in command of Justinian’s army, Belisarius proved himself to be a military genius time and again. Lots of battles, but surprisingly, given the author unspooled in a monotone.

For this success, Justinian comes to regard Belisarius as a threat to his power who must be contained, rather than a precocious talent to be cultivated and protected. I seem to be in the minority on this, but I found Count Belisarius to be a little disappointing.

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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. View all 6 comments.

It is about Belisarius the Byzantine Empire’s greatest general who reconquered North Africa and Italy from the Vandals and Goths, but was hindered and eventually destroyed by his rivals, the courtiers around the Emperor, and by the insecure Emperor himself.

He pulled out a cheap paperback One evening, towards the beginning of secondary school, I was standing in front of the desk in an alcove off the living room above which were most of my father’s displayed books on long shelves reaching from wall to wall.


This is a time when mankind is incidental to the wishes and dreams of those who wear the diadems of their people — the Emperor, the King of Persia, the leaders kings of the Goths and Vandals, the leaders of bellsarius Bulgarian Huns, the Massagetic Huns, the Cham, the Herulian Huns, the Moors and a mass of other groups coming down from the north of the Danube, through the Belisatius Gates, from beyond the Persian Empire, which must be the other end of the world.

What a city Constantinople must have been!

If you like any of the classical histories mentioned, you will like this book. He was the best archer in the imperial army and a courageous swordsman. Graves is an exceptional scholar, historian, and poet, with an intellect that is curious, searching, and very exacting. I ordered it on my eReader and the weirdest gravee happened. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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Je leest eigenlijk een aangedikt feitenrelaas van een slaaf over het leven van Belisarius en deze doet dat in al zijn volledigheid. For me, I was a little disappointed; not the grwves calibre as I Claudius.

Quotes from Count Belisarius. I can’t begin to hint at the intrigue and casuistry on display here.