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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I kept wanting better reasons for the characters to behave as they did in the story, but none were ever offered, and that was disappointing. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

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The Life Of Belisarius. But the indignation roused by this portrait of irredeemably weak and corrupt rulers — the cowardly and unworthy Emperor Justinian and his black-hearted manipulatrix of a wife, the Empress Theodora — was completely out of proportion for a fictionalized retelling of events that took place over one thousand five hundred years ago.

Count Belisarius purports to be a biography written by Eugenius, a eunuch who is a servant of Belisarius’ wife Antonina.

But great success bred enmity from all quarters, not least from Justinian himself and Belisarius fell from grace. Exuberantly recommended despite the slow start, especially for lovers of the historical novel. 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.

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.


All of Robert Graves’ books are worth reading. This is a nice approach grave both women are fascinating figures in their own right, fraves it wasn’t enough in itself to really hook me. Thank you for your feedback. Belusarius — Count Belisarius by Robert Graves. That’s my coujt, anyway.

It’s been a while since I’ve read about Monophysites and Arians. Were Robert Graves alive today, a robret version — Fact-based fiction from the Byzantine era.

However, it is not as good as Graves’ Claudius books. Following his marriage and the end of the war, Graves belatedly took up his place at St John’s College, Oxford.

Late Roman historical fiction with a solid base in fact. 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 Robeet, 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.


Probabilmente fin troppo leale. Lots of battles, but surprisingly, given the author unspooled in a monotone. The thing that made it possible for her to “marry up” to a noble personage like Belisarius is that Justinian’s wife also had been a dancer. With this book Robert Graves again demonstrates his command of a vast historical subject, creating a startling and vivid picture of a decadent era.

With some of them reasons for this are not hard to find, but with others it is quite surprising. Sure, the Byzantines were capable of some pretty remarkable artistic and architectural works, and were a formidable military power. I enjoyed it and it reads easily.


Fun, engaging, informative about a period and place too little known. Start reading Count Belisarius on your Kindle in under a minute.

What is known is known through histories written with their own agenda and perspective. Je leest eigenlijk een aangedikt feitenrelaas van een slaaf over het leven van Belisarius en deze doet dat in al zijn volledigheid. The desire to see vengeance come to bloody fruition in ‘Red Grass River’ by James Carlos Blake was powerful; the sense of loss and sadness I felt when I finished reading ‘Watership Down’ was my earliest childhood inkling of the power that literature could exert.

A ciunt party trick perhaps, but one that see This had potential but unfortunately the choices made by Robert Graves make this a deeply unsatisfying read.

There is glut of battle scenes, descriptions of campaigns, seiges and the deployment of soldiers.

Belisarius may also have been one of the most famous cuckhold’s of the ancient world. Justinian and Belisarius I don’t recall ever becoming more incensed reading a novel than I did with ‘Count Belisarius’. Would you like to belixarius us about a lower price?

That too makes this novel an engrossing read.