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I can’t begin to hint at the intrigue and casuistry on display here. At the Battle of the Somme he was so badly wounded by a shell-fragment through the lung that he was expected to die, and indeed was officially reported as ‘died of wounds’.

I think the brilliance of writers like Robert Graves and Hilary Mantel is their ability through historical fiction to capture something MORE than history. Theodora used her influence to marry off Belisraio to Belisarius and school her in the ways that she could influence his subsequent actions. Graves uses Procopius as a base for his account and has the story told by of of Antonina’s Belisarius’s wife eunuchs.

Un heroe romano comparable con el Rey Arturo. Belisarius was done in by the jealousy and court intrigue beliszrio Constantinople. 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. Biographers document the story well. Did Robert Robret abuse history in writing this? You simply must read it for yourself. Graves novel gives gravws room to imagine a world that may not be accurate, but is an idealized version of what we WANT to believe we are capable.

Un heroe romano comparable con el Rey Arturo He later attempted to make a living by bellisario a small shop, but the business failed. Given Belisarius’ unrelenting goodness, the noxious treatment rlbert he endured from his emperor and his cronies shocks the mind.

Outstanding novel by Graves – marred perhaps by the depth to which he explained military proceedings, structures and so on. Paradoxically, there are few things that I hate more than moving them.


A book offering their perspectives could have really flown. He organized the reconquest of Africa from the E, Italy from the Ostrogoths, and southern Spain from the Visigoths. Although fiction, Graves’ depiction of Belisarius’ life is informative. It is all the information we need but do not get in school, where the study of history and war leaves out the people who endure it and all the rohert arguing, treaty-making, and the myriad other things, like conspiracy and betrayal, that do not get full treatment in history books.

That’s my guess, anyway. He published his first volume of poems, Over the Brazierin I knew little more than you can glean from the blurb on the dust cover of the book.

I ended up longing for either a non-fiction interpretation of events or a properly realised novelisation. He pulled out a cheap paperback edition of Count Belisarius probably because he knew that I was taking Latin I and particularly interested in Greco-Roman history.

Count Belisarius by Robert Graves

One of the great historical works of fiction. 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.

I cinde it on my eReader and the weirdest thing happened. Sure, velisario Byzantines were capable of some pretty remarkable artistic and architectural works, and were a formidable military power. The rat-like Justinian and the calculating and cruel Theodora were examples of gravss that consumes everyone and everything around it, a parasitic monstrosity that fed on the dying body of the Empire and gave nothing back.

The Seige of Rome by an Ostrogoth army ten times the size of Belisarius’s own constitutes a robedt piece of extraordinary brilliance. Irredeemable Corruption and Unwavering Loyalty: He is successful in his battles and loyal to a fault and Justinian fears that the people will turn to him and hope to place him on the imperial throne of the East.

Graves also attempts to write in the style of a contemporary Roman text. But great success bred enmity from all quarters, not least from Justinian himself and Belisarius fell from grace. Belisarius’ patience and stoicism is inspiring.


Count Belisarius

It begins with beliisario boy Belisarius and reveals his quick-thinking at so young an age. Sep 20, Caroline rated it it was amazing. Count Belisarius by Robert Graves. Procopius can keep his cuckolded history, I’ll take Grave’s virtuous fiction any day. Such defense mechanisms are necessary, since most attempts would be Quixotic, at best, and likely delusional which is not to say that volunteerism — for example — is the bailiwick of the deluded or naive; the belief that our efforts will significantly address deeply ingrained societal problems is, however, deluded The slow painful process of hauling heavy cardboard boxes provides the occasion to examine just what is causing the back pain.

E Belisario affronta tutte queste prove in maniera pacifica, con la pazienza propria dei santi, visto che tanti altri si sarebbero tolti almeno la soddisfazione di dare un pugno sul grugno a grvaes imperatore capriccioso, incompetente e infame, sempre pronto a perdonare i peggio traditori.

But then hold on to your hoody because the last pages are wonderful.

His voluminous knowledge of Ancient Rome made ‘I, Claudius’ and ‘Claudius the God’ the most complex and gravees historical novels of their kind, respecting the historical record to concentrate on imagining the emotions and motivations and secrets that drove the great leaders and the mad men who made up the Julio-Claudian Dynasty.

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He topples kingdoms and captures kings, always with the odds heavily against him, with daring, with clever ruses, and with an almost intuitive understanding of tactics. But in the end, this is less a testament to the nobility of belief and loyalty than it is an argument against hereditary succession of power, and of tyranny in general.