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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Given Belisarius’ unrelenting goodness, the noxious treatment that he rogert from his emperor and his cronies shocks the mind. And His Wife Messalina. I could not get close to any of the characters; writing was mere reporting of facts as Eugenius remembered them.
There is court intrigue read politicsthere is intra- and international intrigue. Be the first to discover new talent! 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.
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Nov 13, A. However, it is not as good as Graves’ Claudius books. He is deeply Christian Orthodox but with an admirable tolerance for divergent views Arianism, Monophysitism, etc. 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. What might make this book interesting to someone who is not particularly fascinated by late Roman military history although, who isn’t?
The characters, however, are so ridiculously flat as to be meaningless: And then there is the church, which at this time is a mass of factions which the Orthodoxy abhors and seeks to denigrate and punish. He is also a military leader of genius. If the same injustice appeared in a documentary or an article in the Toronto Star, I’d likely flip the subconscious switch that shuts down the engines of empathy, and prevents me from feeling compelled to action.
The slow painful process of hauling heavy cardboard There are few things I love more than my books. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. In later years he omitted war poems from his collections, on the grounds that they were too obviously “part of the war poetry boom”. 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.
Bread is good and water is good, but the bodily malnutrition that may be observed in prisoners or poor peasants who are reduced to this diet has its counterpart in the spiritual malnutrition of certain clerics. The preening, jealous figure of the Emperor Justinian is somehow able to grind the tattered remnants gdaves the Empire into shreds without anyone raising more than a failed assasination attempt as a rebellion. But Graves made a surprising choice that makes the book even more interesting.
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Antonina was often with him during these years, and Graves uses stories about her connections to the court of the Emperor Justinian and his Empress Theodora to incorporate political intrigue and other information into the story of Belisarius’ military exploits. I have visited the house of Robert Graves in Palma de Mallorca. Start reading Count Belisarius on your Kindle in under a minute. That too makes this novel an engrossing read.
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I knew little more than you can glean from bepisarius blurb on the dust cover of the book. It tells belisariius story of Belisarius, Rome’s best general in the later days of the Roman Empire. Count Belisarius though ultimately sinks under the weight of history.
Justinian is portrayed as intelligent but reckless, a tragically poor judge of character, and a spendthrift, though driven by genuine piety. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I was uninformed about Belisarius before Xount began reading. Yet, because there’s so little dialogue, the book becomes a term paper–and a hagiography. Graves uses Procopius as a base for his account and has the story told by of of Antonina’s Belisarius’s wife eunuchs.
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.
Suffice it to say that the last pages are on a par with I, Claudius and somewhat better in my view than Claudius the God. Due to these efforts Justinian could lay claim to almost all the old Roman Empire, the first ruler for a hundred years.
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