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 is a historical novel by Robert Gravesfirst published inrecounting the life of the Byzantine general Belisarius AD — However, Graves’s treatment of his sources has been criticized by the historian Anthony Kaldellis, who writes that “There are many historical novels set in the early sixth century, but none can be recommended that are both historically accurate and well-written.

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


The novel covers the entire life of Belisarius, with the bulk of the text being devoted to accounts of his life while on campaign in North Africa and Italy. 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.

Graves’s treatment of Belisarius is mostly respectful: Other primary characters do not fare so well.

Antonina and Theodora are presented as extremely intelligent and capable individuals who are nevertheless prone to holding grudges and to jealousy. Justinian is portrayed as intelligent but reckless, a tragically poor judge of character, and a spendthrift, though driven by genuine piety.

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Graves recounts how Belisarius suffers trying to satisfy the whims of the two rulers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


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