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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Antonina and Theodora are presented as extremely intelligent and capable individuals who are nevertheless prone to holding grudges and to jealousy.

Nov 22, Brad Lyerla rated it really liked it. Graves bends this story into his own parable about power, corruption, honor and ingenuity. Preview — Count Belisarius by Robert Graves. We live in interesting times, but Robert Graves tells us that there is nothing new under the sun. Nov 13, A. Did Robert Graves abuse history in writing this?

I can’t account for robeert. Read more Read less. In addition to writing my favorite poem of all time – The Foreboding. A dramatized history of Belisarius, arguably the greatest military coint and strategist of the ancient world.

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The book is actually told mostly from the perspective of Belisarius’s wife, as the narrator is his wife’s eunuch slave. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Belidarius 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.

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Count Belisarius

Insomma, un bel disastro che un uomo solo era quasi riuscito ad arginare, per finire sconfitto dalle gelosie e dagli intrighi di corte. He also deals belisaarius machinations at the court of Justinian and Theodora set against the broader history of that period.

At crucial times in Belisarius’ military career that friendship is the only thing that kept him from being completely ostracized from court, if not worse, as Justinian grew to fear Belisarius as a potential rival.

It is a book to plunder for it lessons because they are worth so much. 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.

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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, robett to discover that a very real threat was surfacing much closer to home. It is fictionalised in Pat Barker’s novel Regeneration.


With this book Robert Graves again demonstrates his command of a vast historical subject, creating a startling and vivid picture of a decadent era. Less colorful than Claudius, but a brilliant piece of scholarship.

Count Belisarius

This is a dense book, but the gold to be found in it is immense. He received many honors graaves in his military career and became a favorite of the public in Constantinople. Feb 07, Jim rated it it was amazing. November External links: This book really captures just how powerful and vicious Roman women were.

The story is fun and pulpy, reaching a climax of downright addictive during Belisarius’ initial conquests in Italy. Get to Know Us. 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.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Fount Robert Graves alive today, a shorter version — for this is an ox-stunner of a book — could be a Wikipedia entry. These characters are not moderns playing out a historical narrative with some hastily-researched versimilitude tossed in for flavor. Much of Belisarius’ life is lost.