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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Count Belisarius

I think Graves’s may have wanted to provide a more in-depth opening since details of the late Roman Empire are less well known than those of the classical period.

An excellent book, but is belisariud acquired taste. Learn more about Amazon Prime. The dialogue couht often very stilted and formal. The basic premise is taken from Samuel Butler’s theory that a Sicilian princess wrote the Odyssey; here she interpolates some material of her own into the works of “Homer”, notably the story of Nausicaa and the slaying of the suitors.

I find it difficult to work up a self-righteous rage over anything anymore; it’s too easy to become inured to atrocity and hypocrisy when you’re bombarded by examples of it every time you glance at a monitor. I found reading this chapter historical novel experientially interesting, however, it may look a bit formidable unless its readers have read some of Robert Graves’ works to acquire familiarity with his writing style, detailed description and profound knowledge of the sixth-century Roman Empire.

So I ordered it in hard copy from Amazon and quickly had it in my hands. This book is everything that pleases me because it gives me information that is pertinent to today.


Je leest eigenlijk een aangedikt feitenrelaas van een slaaf over het leven van Belisarius en deze doet dat in al zijn volledigheid. Written by Robert Graves and published inone of my father’s favorite books, and nothing could be better that.

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He also deals ggraves machinations at the court of Justinian counr Theodora set against the broader history of that period. Graves develops the characters within the constraints of the culture and period described. As a straightforward narrative “biography” of a great military leader, with lots of dramatic events and interesting characters, I would probably have picked it ahead of I, Claudius as a candidate for popular acclaim.

See all 54 reviews. That’s my guess, anyway. Meanwhile the Theban thief, who could not read, had run on to safety across the boundary.

Isil apparently believe in a prophecy from that time and place, which foretells the belissrius of the west. A dramatized history of Belisarius, arguably the greatest military tactician and strategist of the ancient world.

Karakters zijn wat plat weergegeven, maar de Byzantijnse wereld van de zesde eeuw wordt met veel details weergegeven. As Graves notes at the beginning of this book, the story of Belisarius is well known, and he relied on more or less contemporary sources well known to scholars of early Byzantine history.

Count Belisarius

The style was stilted, using pseudo-Victorian language, possibly imitating the style of a medieval chronicle to make it seem more realistic for the period. The first is that I loved Graves’ Claudius novels and welcomed the opportunity to read another of his books. Late Roman historical fiction with a solid base in fact. Trivia About Count Belisarius. Livy, Thucydides, Herodotus, and certainly Xenophon in the Persian war sections.


Belisario, sua moglie Antonina padrona di Eugenioe la coppia imperiale formata da quelle due volpi di Giustiniano e Teodora. If you can imagine Darth Vader as a good guy, you will have some sort of idea of Belisarius. Graves or Eugenius takes a dim view of Justinian the Great; he’s shown to be a petulant, indecisive, touchy, and inconstant ruler. A factual account of the lead general under Justinian, Ad – AD. Good-Bye to All That: Robert Graves was a superb poet and his White Goddess remains one of the most extraordinary books of the 20th Century.

This had potential but unfortunately the choices made by Robert Graves make this a deeply unsatisfying read. While at Charterhouse inhe fell in love with G. I am a polymath, and enthusiastic about learning and understanding perspectives other than my own.

Belisarius was a roman general who served Justinian in the sixth century. But then there are those that must be kept in boxes and stored away – due to lack beliswrius bookshelves.