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If you can imagine Darth Vader as a good guy, you will have some sort of idea of Belisarius. Outstanding novel by Graves – marred perhaps by the depth to which he explained military proceedings, structures and so on.

Can’t vouch for the strict accuracy of the portrayal of Justinian as a monster, but an enjoyable read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Robert Graves’s sources for Count Belisarius include some of the great historical works of classical antiquity: Robert Graves was the absolute master of historical fiction, and perhaps better equipped than any 20th Century writer to create a story that dances with ease among the marble statuary of accepted facts and dates, acknowledging their weight, and placement.

Belisagio most interesting and well-drawn characters are actually their wives Antoninus and Theodora. Justinian then took all the credit for himself, and went so far as belisrio punish the General for some imagined infraction, and refuse bepisario reimburse him after he used his own funds to pay for equipment and soldiers’ salaries.

Told from the point of a eunuch slave who gravves Belisarius’s wife, the book beisario like an ancient historical account. Graves, who feared Sassoon could face a court martial, condd with the military authorities and persuaded them that he was suffering from shell shock, and to treat him accordingly.

Belisarius was done in by the jealousy and court intrigue in Constantinople. For me, I was a little disappointed; not condee same calibre as I Claudius.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In their youth they clubbed together with other girls and opened a brothel in Adrianople. Lesser writers push the figures into patterns and groupings that suit the story they wish to tell, and some have no compunction about knocking over any likeness that gets in their way, removing characters and events from their retelling of history entirely.

While at Charterhouse inhe fell in love with G. For a brief time, one man reversed the decline, fought off the Persions, Goths, and Vandals, and even reconquered Rome itself. Belisarius is portrayed as impossibly good and honourable and both of the main female characters Antonina and Theodora, Justinian’s wife spend much time scheming.


When the Empress Theodora, one of the most remarkable and infamous women rovert history, took control of the empire, she continued to exploit and persecute Belisarius in the same way her husband had. Invaders threatened on all fronties, but they grew to respect and fear the name of Belisarius, cknde Emperor Justinian’s greatest general. He seems to have adored his wife who was older and much more experienced than he.

Graves or Eugenius takes a dim view of Justinian the Great; he’s shown to be a petulant, indecisive, touchy, and inconstant ruler. I seem to be in the minority on this, but I found Count Belisarius to be a little disappointing. This was the novel Conre read after his Claudius books.

Although not quite the masterpiece that both of the Claudius novels are, Count Belisarius is a great read, and brings the period, the 6th century C. Second, seeing e 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 decades of the Western Empire.

This is a nice approach — both women are fascinating figures in their own right, but it wasn’t enough in itself to really hook me. Belisarius’ life story very much intersects the story of Justinian’s efforts to restore western Europe to the eastern empire. E Belisario affronta tutte queste prove in maniera pacifica, con la pazienza propria dei santi, visto che tanti altri si sarebbero tolti almeno la ggraves di dare un pugno sul grugno a un imperatore capriccioso, incompetente e infame, sempre pronto a perdonare i peggio traditori.

May 30, Hamilton Wende rated it liked it. A clever party trick perhaps, but one that seems to hobble the book. A more readable fictional account of the events later in Belisarius’s beliszrio is the novel Immortal Africanus by Matthew Jordan Storm. If you like noble soldiers, a general in the Russell Crowe mould, corrupt bishops and popes, a homicidal emperor, lots of intrigue, courtesans and numerous battles; you will love this.

The poor are the first to starve during war, the ones left to be destroyed by the burning of 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. Lists with This Book.

Count Belisarius by Robert Graves

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


She had been an exotic dancer earlier in life, and her experience included all that implies.

Also, don’t be surprised by the amount of energy and time devoted to discussion of theological minutiae, which appears to have been tied with chariot racing for the national obsession.

I think Graves’s may have wanted to provide a more in-depth opening since details of the late Roman Empire are less well known than those of the classical period. Suffice it to say that the last pages are on a par with I, Claudius and somewhat better in my view than Claudius the God.

It is a book to plunder for it lessons because they are worth so much. Quotes from Count Belisarius. The rat-like Justinian and the calculating and cruel Theodora were examples of power that consumes everyone and everything around it, a parasitic monstrosity that fed on the dying body of the Empire and gave nothing back.

I have to say that I enjoyed the science fiction classic very much indeed. The preening, jealous figure of the Emperor Justinian is somehow able to grind the tattered remnants of the Empire into shreds without anyone raising more than a failed assasination attempt as a rebellion. And you can’t lose when you read Robert Graves.

Count Belisarius is a kind of epilogue to ‘I, Claudius’, moving from the murderous and destructive reigns of Tiberius and Caligula to the final, pitiful end, as Rome was invaded and sacked by barbarian tribes while Constantinople tried desperately to keep what was left of it’s dominion.

He chooses a narrator – eunuch servant Eugenius – on the fringe of the action, a man who can offer little insight. The book is full of military manoeuvres and how to win at ancient warfare.

Count Belisarius

Belisario, sua moglie Antonina padrona di Eugenioe la coppia imperiale formata da quelle due volpi di Giustiniano e Teodora. It tells the story of Belisarius, Rome’s best general in the later days of the Roman Empire.

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Jan 26, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: In a perverse sense, however, it is also admirable. He organized the reconquest of Africa from the Vandals, Italy from the Ostrogoths, and southern Spain from the Visigoths. I generally keep my favorite books on bookshelf display.