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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Get to Know Us. One of the great historical works of fiction. It is Orthodoxy against Arians, Monophysites, Donatists, Manichaeans, and a mass of other sects who are all arguing about the nature of God, of Christ, and the overall sanctity of the Holy Spirit, nitpicking and allowing the strength of the Orthodox Church get in the way of everything.

Second, seeing another review of this book on GoodReads some months ago caused me to realize that I know almost nothing about the Eastern Roman Empire, even though I have read quite a bit about the Roman Republic and the early decades of the Western Empire. 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.

All of Robert Graves’ books are worth reading. King Jesus – buy from Amazon. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Oct 30, Jane rated it liked it Shelves: Belisarius is always good and loyal, and is as incapable of doing anything in his own self interest, or even reflecting on his own self interest, as a fish is incapable of running a marathon; Theodora is conniving and vain; Justinian is selfish, foolish, and vindictive, etc.

Count Belisarius

Robert Ranke Graves was a British poet, novelist, and critic. It begins with the boy Belisarius and gravee his quick-thinking at so young an age.

Sono quattro i veri protagonisti di questa storia: What a city Constantinople must have been! In he published his most commercially successful work, I, Claudius. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics.

He is portrayed as faithful to his wife, true to his emperor and without envy or ambition. The wisdom or lack of it of the royals, the jealousies of comrades that they feelward to their fellows who manage better than the normal military man, the internal workings of the palace and the strong women who live and work there and have access to the truth and the lies.

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Count Belisarius purports to be a biography written by Eugenius, a eunuch who is a servant of Belisarius’ wife Antonina. A more readable fictional account of the events later in Belisarius’s life is the novel Immortal Africanus by Matthew Jordan Storm. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Reviews for Robert Graves’ Count Belisarius at the time were mixed; some felt it didn’t live up to his two Claudius novels, and it is q I read this at least twice years ago and I’m currently reading it again, but in the luxurious Folio Society’s just-released edition.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Is this feature helpful? Lots of battles, but surprisingly, given the author unspooled in a monotone. Emperor Justinian, who met his empress in that house of pain, Graves’s depicts as not very smart and easily led by those motivated almost solely by self interest. He was feared by the enemy who seem to have respected him uncommonly.

It is worth contemplating the fact that the Roman empire in the 6th Century, essentially eastern in character following the fall of Rome to the invading Goths, was engaged in more or less constant war with the Sassanid Persian empire, prior to the rise of Islam. Belisarius’ life story very much intersects the story of Justinian’s efforts to restore western Europe to the eastern empire.

One really needs to have read Homer’s Odyssey to appreciate Homer’s Daughterwhich must somewhat reduce its mass appeal today. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Also, don’t be surprised by the amount of energy and time devoted to discussion of theological minutiae, which appears to have been tied with conut racing for the national obsession. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.


Historical fiction about Belisarius, Byzantium’s greatest general, who briefly reconquered Italy, Sicily, and North Africa in the ‘s. The dialogue is often very stilted and formal. 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 book is actually told mostly from the perspective of Belisarius’s wife, as the narrator is his wife’s eunuch slave. Dad told me that one of his favorite authors was Robert Graves whose novels had seen him through much of World War II on shipboard in both theatres.

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Fun, engaging, informative about a period and place too little known. This book is set in the waning days of the Roman Empire, in the s AD. One person found this helpful. If you like noble soldiers, a general in the Russell Crowe mould, corrupt bishops and popes, a homicidal emperor, lots of intrigue, courtesans and numerous battles; you will love this.

This article needs additional citations for verification. 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.

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This book is everything that pleases me because it gives me information that is pertinent to today. Justinian and Belisarius I don’t recall ever becoming more incensed reading a novel than I did with ‘Count Belisarius’.

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 backstage arguing, treaty-making, and the myriad other things, like conspiracy and betrayal, that do not get full treatment in history books.