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Count Belisarius by Robert Graves

With the void of the belisarko containing almost an infinite number of possibilities, it is reasonable to want to find pure motives and belisaruo in those figures of the past. In later years he omitted war poems from his collections, on the grounds that they were too obviously “part of the war poetry boom”.

It’s been a while since I’ve read about Monophysites and Arians. We see his tactical and strategic genius. For a brief time, one man reversed the decline, fought off the Persions, Goths, and Vandals, and even reconquered Rome itself.

The wars of the end of the Roman Empire are not so far different from those that we fight today. RomeItaly Byzantine Empire. Sep 20, Caroline rated it it was amazing.

El Conde Belisario – Robert Graves – Google Books

E Belisario affronta tutte queste prove in maniera pacifica, con la pazienza propria dei santi, visto che tanti altri si sarebbero tolti almeno hraves soddisfazione di dare un pugno sul grugno a un imperatore capriccioso, incompetente e infame, sempre pronto a perdonare i peggio traditori. The sixth century was not a peaceful time for the Roman empire.

Belisarius is portrayed as impossibly good and honourable and both of the Late Roman historical fiction with a solid base in fact. Belisarius himself is one of the most underrated military minds in all of history, who specializes in running campaigns on a shoestring budget.

It is a military account of Grvaes successfully conquering Persian, Carthaginians and Goths in Rome.

Massacres are ordered over divergent opinions on the nature of the trinity. Jun 22, Liviu rated it it was amazing. And there is capture, rape, mass killing and or enslavement of all those in the path of war. Sono quattro i veri protagonisti di questa storia: But in the end, this is condd a testament to the nobility of belief and loyalty than it is velisario argument against hereditary succession of power, and of tyranny in general.


Much of Belisarius’ life is lost. He does his research on an all too obscure period of history, and writes a gripping novel.

It is fictionalised in Pat Barker’s novel Regeneration. Per chi non ama le descrizioni militari e un ritmo narrativo decisamente lento conviene lasciar perdere. Emperor Justinian, who met his empress in that house of pain, Graves’s depicts as not very smart and easily led by those motivated almost solely by self interest. Belisarius was, historically speaking, a bit beyond me. The first few chapters introduced the characters and gave them personalities in broad strokes.

He was feared by the enemy who seem to have respected him uncommonly. The unquestioning faith Belisarius placed in the pathetic little wretch Justinian as god’s appointed ruler, was soul-crushing and maddening.

Senza dimenticare la costante minaccia dei persiani, pronti a cogliere l’occasione per espandersi di nuovo. This is an exciting novel — once the groundwork is laid — that tells of all the great battles that Belisarius engaged in often with his wife in attendance and all of the political intrigue that went on at the time.

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.

The story it told by one Eugenius, the eunuch slave of Belisarius’s wife, Antonina. He spoke Latin and some Greek and several of the Byzantine languages. Lots of battles, but surprisingly, given the author unspooled in a monotone.

Count Belisarius

Instead of being inside the heads of Belisarius or Justinian or their wives, we can only observe them and get no sense of character development or motivation. Re-reading this amazing fictionalized account of one of my favorite periods of history.

The book is narrated by Eugenius, the eunuch slave of Antonina, the entertainer and prostitute whom we first meet at a soiree given by the fourteen year old Belisarius’s tutor. He is deeply Christian Orthodox but with an admirable tolerance for divergent views Arianism, Monophysitism, etc. If you haven’t read much about late antiquity or the Byzantine Empire, set aside any image you might have of Rome or Greece.


The novel is set in the sixth century of our era. What really happens in the narrative of Eugenius is a fascinating lesson in war — war of that time and, if the reader is paying attention, war of all time. View all 15 comments. View all 3 comments. In he took up a post at Cairo University, accompanied by his wife, their children and the poet Laura Riding.

Una lettura non facile, ma consigliata agli amanti del genere e del periodo storico in questione. Recommended, as a classic of the 6th century. A book offering their perspectives could have really flown. If you truly love books, the binding, the generosity of the paper and margins, the typesetting and typography, the Folio Society of Britain is for you. He is also a military leader of genius.

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 decades of the Western Empire. There are few things I love more than my books. Procopius can keep his cuckolded history, I’ll take Grave’s virtuous fiction any day. Insomma, un bel disastro che un uomo solo era quasi riuscito ad arginare, per finire sconfitto dalle gelosie e dagli intrighi di corte.

The accounts of his successes in Persia, Carthage, and Italy, are depicted at length. 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.

He never has enough men, he never has the right equipment or enough of ithe often lacks money to pay his men, and his letters to Constantinople many times go unacknowledged. Belisarius, a devout Christian and unwaveringly loyal subject accepted all this without a word of complaint. These shortcomings didn’t make the book unenjoyable, but they are something that a lot of historical fiction could do better.