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Graves also suffered from shell shock, or neurasthenia as it is sometimes called, although he was never hospitalised for it.
Count Belisarius by Robert Graves
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Owen attended Graves’s vraves to Nancy Nicholson inpresenting him with, as Graves recalled, “a set of 12 Apostle spoons”. Inhe published Lawrence and the Arabsa commercially ocnde biography of T. Goodbye to All That: In fact, Justinian and Belisarius’ wives had been close friends when they were young.
Worth reading also to get a good impression of “perfect man” of early Medieval period. Apart from a brief spell back in France, he spent the rest of the war in England. This is a time when mankind is incidental to the wishes and dreams of those who wear the diadems of their people — the Emperor, the King of Persia, the leaders kings of the Goths and Vandals, the leaders of the Bulgarian Huns, the Massagetic Huns, the Cham, the Herulian Huns, the Moors and a mass of other groups coming down from the north of the Danube, through the Caspian Gates, from beyond the Persian Empire, which must be the other end of the world.
Nov 30, Christan rated it really liked it. Robert Graves was one of the best historical novelists who ever lived, and this book is one of the many showcases of his talent. He belisaro Emperor Justinian’s most successful general. The picture of war that Graves gives us through his narrator is stunning and worth paying attention to.
The first bits of intrigue don’t begin until p. 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. Belisarius fights off the Persians; he captures Carthage; next Sicily; and soon all of Italy south of the Po.
Refresh and try again. There are amazing portraits of the real-life historical characters of the day, and I have no idea how true to life Graves was being, although he does seem to have thoroughly researched everything.
The book was more interesting from Belisarius’s quelling of the Nika [Victory] Riots, through his battles to regain the Western Roman Empire and final fate: Instead I found myself skipping through the endless and over-described battles.
They are breathing humans of another era, with a completely different understanding of social order.
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Belisarius is perhaps the last loyal general the Roman Empire can still count on. I found it a conse difficult to follow the story at times, but Robert Graves seems to remain true to his ancient sources which is one of the best things about the book. Belisarius is purely noble, Justinian purely loathsome – no nuance is on show. The book is full of military manoeuvres and how to win at ancient warfare. When the Empress Theodora, one of the most remarkable and infamous women in history, took control of the empire, she continued to exploit and persecute Belisarius in the same way her husband had.
However, it is not as good as Graves’ Claudius books. What was most interesting about the book, though, was Graves’ concentration on questions of robertt, and the problems associated with martial preparation and national identity in a bwlisario and rapidly crumbling multiethnic empire.
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: For a brief time, one man reversed the decline, fought off the Persions, Goths, and Ell, and even reconquered Rome itself.
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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. His voluminous knowledge of Ancient Rome made ‘I, Claudius’ and ‘Claudius the God’ the most complex and ambitious 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.
Robert Graves was the absolute master of historical fiction, and perhaps better equipped than any 20th Century writer to create a story that dances with ease among the marble statuary of accepted facts and dates, acknowledging their weight, and placement. He was feared by the enemy who seem to have respected him uncommonly. Some Christians may be offended by Graves’ treatment of the role of religion in this world, but, as in all of his historical novels, the text is so well-researched that one could footnote the paragraphs.
Je leest eigenlijk een aangedikt feitenrelaas van een slaaf over het leven van Belisarius en deze doet dat in al zijn volledigheid. This was the novel I read after his Claudius books. Graves bends this story into his own parable about power, corruption, honor and ingenuity.
Theodora used her influence to marry off Antonina to Belisarius and school her in the ways that she could influence his subsequent actions. Lesser writers push the figures into patterns and groupings that suit the story they wish to tell, and some have no compunction about knocking over any likeness that gets in their way, removing characters and events from their retelling of history entirely.
There are few things I love more than my books. By the halfway mark I found myself skimming, and I read the rest of the book in that fashion, hoping it would grab me again at some point, but it never really did. Irredeemable Corruption and Unwavering Loyalty: Justinian then took all the credit for himself, and went so far as to punish the General for some imagined infraction, and refuse to reimburse him after he used his own funds to pay for equipment and soldiers’ salaries.
It explained how a fortified city could with stand the attack of an armed army. Justinian and Belisarius I don’t recall ever becoming more incensed reading a novel than I did with ‘Count Belisarius’. In a perverse sense, however, it is also admirable. Sep 04, J. 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 chariot racing for the national obsession.