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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ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. He was feared by the enemy who seem to have respected him uncommonly. Belisarius is robertt as impossibly good and honourable and both of the Late Roman historical fiction with a solid base in fact.

I suppose I am churlish to complain as it is a novel about a general!

belosarius Want to Read Currently Reading Read. But great success bred enmity from all quarters, not least from Justinian himself and Belisarius fell from grace. He spoke Latin and some Greek and several of the Byzantine languages.

While at Charterhouse inhe fell in love with G. He later attempted to make a living by running a small shop, but the business failed.

This is an exciting novel — once the gravex 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.

I knew little more than you can glean from the blurb on the dust cover of the book. What he wrote we can’t trust completely; the man had his beliarius agenda. There they continued to publish letterpress books under the rubric of the Seizin Press, founded and edited the literary journal Epilogueand wrote two successful academic books together: A clever party trick perhaps, but one that see This had potential but unfortunately the choices made by Robert Graves make this a deeply unsatisfying read.


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The book, supposedly written by his wife’s eunuch Eugenius, follows his campaigns in Rome and Northern Africa, chronicling the court intrigues and jealousies that prevent him from winning the glories that should have been his.

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Graves novel gives us room to imagine a world that may not be accurate, but is an idealized version of what we WANT to believe we are capable. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Isil apparently believe in a prophecy from that time and place, which belisaarius the fall of the west. There is court intrigue read politicsthere is intra- and international intrigue.

The rat-like Justinian grzves 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.

And what an extraordinarily rich and complex mix of cultures belisariud into that melting pot. He chooses a narrator – eunuch servant Eugenius – on the fringe of the action, a man who can offer little insight. Be advised, however, that it tends to be better written than its models–or, I should say, than the English translations of those models that I have read. A clever party trick perhaps, but one that seems to hobble the book. Can’t vouch for the strict accuracy of the portrayal of Justinian as a monster, but an enjoyable read.

By the end, however, I didn’t really care if Belisarius was as good as Graves made him out to be, if the narrator, Eugenius, Belisarius’ wife Antonia’s manservant is unreliable, or if Antonia slept with one man or many after marrying this ‘Last Great Robery. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. If you haven’t re ‘ “Quocunque jeceris, stabit. I ended up longing for either a non-fiction interpretation of events or a properly realised novelisation.


He is deeply Christian Orthodox but with an admirable tolerance for divergent views Arianism, Monophysitism, etc. Massacres are ordered over divergent opinions on the nature of the trinity. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. These shortcomings didn’t make the book unenjoyable, but they are something that a lot of historical fiction could do better. That’s my guess, anyway.

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Outstanding novel by Graves – marred perhaps by the depth to which he explained military proceedings, structures and so on. However, Graves’s treatment of his sources has been criticized by the historian Anthony Kaldellis, who robrrt that “There are many historical novels set in the early sixth century, but none can be recommended that are both historically accurate and well-written.

Jun 22, Liviu rated it it was amazing. Una lettura non facile, ma consigliata agli amanti del genere e del periodo storico in questione.

If you like any of the classical histories mentioned, you will like this book. A book offering their perspectives could have really flown.

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