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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It tells the story of Belisarius, Rome’s best general in the later days of the Roman Empire.
If you haven’t re ‘ “Quocunque jeceris, stabit. Per chi non ama le descrizioni militari e un ritmo narrativo decisamente lento conviene lasciar perdere.
With some of them reasons for this are not hard belisariks find, but with others it is quite surprising. The book is full of military manoeuvres and how to win at ancient warfare.
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While at Charterhouse inhe fell in love with G. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. I knew the “golden ages” of Greece and Rome pretty well, even a lot of confused stuff about the Roman Republic, but affairs of the Constantinopolitan sixth century empire of Justinian, indeed the whole period between Constantine and the, shudder, Dark Ages were terra incognita.
For this success, Justinian comes to regard Belisarius as a threat to his power who must be contained, rather than a precocious belisraius to be cultivated and protected.
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So I ordered it in hard copy from Amazon and quickly had it in my hands. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In going through the boxes of books, I re-discover old friends that I had forgotten about. Insomma, un bel disastro che un uomo solo era quasi riuscito ad arginare, per finire sconfitto dalle gelosie e dagli intrighi di corte.
An honest and principled man, who reconquered Rome and Carthage with a miniscule force, and died, according to legend, a blind beggar, fallen to the intrigues of the Byzantine court. There is also the status of women — another of the many problems of the ancients only the ancients?
A book offering their perspectives could have really flown. This page was last edited on 21 Octoberat I think the brilliance of writers like Robert Graves and Hilary Mantel is their ability through historical fiction to capture something MORE than history.
Very readable and evocative of a time and place long gone now. Majestic in its description of the major events of the time, minute in the details of battles, rich in personal details.
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On the other hand, his wife Theodora isn’t all roses and sunshine, but she’s a strong-willed and clever operator who deserves a good deal of the credit for Justinian’s successes. I knew little more than you can glean from the blurb on the dust cover of the book. Views Read Edit View history. The wars of the end of the Roman Empire are not so far different from those that we fight today.
But then there are those that must be kept in boxes and stored away – due to lack of bookshelves. Graves also attempts to write in the style of a contemporary Roman text. He later attempted to make a living by running a small shop, but the business failed. Please provide an email address. But great success bred enmity from all quarters, not least from Justinian himself and Belisarius fell from grace. We see his tactical and strategic genius. In the final pages, the narrator makes explicit a longstanding analogy between the title character and Christ, paired with a fairly facile meditation on the effects that Christianity may have on an entire society’s ability to prosper, but this is not enough to flesh out that character and make him of any real interest to the reader.
That rhetorical device does not measure up to what Graves accomplishes in the Claudius books which are narrated in the first person by Claudius himself, who happens to be a simpleton.