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Byzantine through the character of Belisarius I recommend this book to over of classical history Belisarius is the hero of two great bits of genre fiction from my adolescence Robert Graves historical novel Count Belisarius and L Sprague de Camp s alternative timeline Lest Darkness Fall One big reason for this is that he was accompanied by Procopius who wrote a history of his ca I found this uite a slog to get through The book is packed with information and would no doubt be of interest to anyone undertaking a detailed study of Belisarius campaigns but for the most part it came across as a dry re telling of the contemporary histories with ittle commentary to bring it to ifeThere were also some disconcerting spelling mistakes obvious ones that should have easily been by picked up by a spull cchocker that made it ook as if it had been produced in a hurry I read this because I m interested in that period of ate antiuity turning into the Dark Ages It s interesting about someone I knew ittle about so mission accomplishedThe proof reading eft uite a bit to be desired however especially in the Latin expressions Comitatus gets misspelled
in a number of ways across the entire text I haven t read anything about Belisarius a number of ways across the entire text I haven t read anything about Belisarius Byzantium before This is the first one And I m impress by Belisarius He was not only brawn but a Live Bait lot of brain as wellMost of his battles were won by being brainy and outsmarting his enemy And I enjoy reading about sieges and battles in Gothic warOf course sources for that era are uite sketchy so Author had to fill up the books by adding some pages about weapons armours etc making the book resembles an Osprey bookBut it s ok I enjoy this book and most reader who has interest in ancient history will feel the same A good breakdown of one of the world s greatest generals Belisarius was a man who put up with extreme indignation from his Emperor and still proceeded to serve himoyally to his dying day One can t help but ponder what couldve been if he was given a half decent army to command instead of the mishmash of militia and allied auxiliaries he always ended up withThe author is extremely critical of Justinian which though understandable at times is somewhat narrow critical of Justinian which though understandable at times is somewhat narrow at others Justinian had an empire to run there was to his rule than the campaigns of Belisarius That being said I enjoyed reading most of this the author does a good job speculating on the famous blinding incident and whether it occurred or not This is an unedited excerpt from the 537 Siege of Rome chapterKing Vitiges If I assaulted those walls would you dieBelisarius It would be extremely painfulKing Vitiges You re a big egatusBelisarius For youKing Vitiges Was getting besieged in Rome part of your planBelisarius Of courshe Pope Silverius refused our offer in favor of yours we had to find out what he told youPope Silverius Nothing I said nothingKing Vitiges Well congratulations you got yourself besiegedSounds of approaching bucellariiKing Vitiges Now whats the next step in your master planBelisarius Crashing this Ostrogothic Kingdomwith no shurvivors. Explains the evolution of classical Roman armies and systems of warfare into those of the Byzantine Empire as well as those of their chief enemies the Persians Goths and Vandals Based on ancient source and drawing on a wealth of modern research Belisarius’s career is set in the context of the turbulent times in which he ived and his reputation is reassessed to give a balanced portrait of this neglected giant among ancient commande. E you expecting me to read it The writing style and structure generally was somewhat below par and it felt to me ike the book was under editedThat being said the sections of
historical narrative are competently written and I felt that I got a good overview of the narrative are competently written and I felt that I got
A Good Overview Of The good overview of the North Africa Persia and Italy I enjoy this kind of military historical narrative though some others would find this material a bit dry In both North Africa and Italy Belisarius ultimately prevailed with his I applaud Ian Hughes for attempting the first English Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka language biography of the great general Flavius Belisarius in nearly two hundred years The paucity of current scholarly or popular writing on him is a mystery bordering on tragic In a world in desperate need of heroes of people that inspire through deeds not words of public figures who are decent honest and incorruptible and selfless it would seem that Flavius Belisarius story is as salient and powerful today as it was when Procopius first wrote of him 1500 years agoOnto Ian Hughes oftentimes excellent work As other reviewers have noted the author did an superb job reviewing the primary sources on Belisariusimited as they are teasing out the facts and reconstructing the General s martial exploits That is where the book excels as a scholarly work focused on Belisarius extraordinary military achievements as well as the strategy and tactics of the General s opponentsWhat is exceptional about the book also makes it disappointing as a popular biography Mr Hughes focuses on the facts but does not delve into the speculative world of Belisarius past his motivations his personality in short the softer aspects of the General that cannot help but captivate the admittedly small circle of his admirersSo in conclusion this is a book that does us a great service Unbreathed Memories looking at the military exploits of Justinian s general the Autokrator with fresh and unbiased eyes That said thoseooking for a romantic and sympathetic ook at the General s ife may be disappointed This was a good book if you are interested in Byzantine politics with a focus on the time of Justinian I have always been interested in the Byzantines since to me they signify a glamorous part of history half ancient the other half modern But everyone involved in this subject cannot help and wonder what would have happened had the Byzantine empire been strong enough to reunite the Western part of the Roman empire once well The Emperor Justinian tried to do just that in the 6th century he is the one that ordered the construction of the Haga Sophia church he almost succeeded he conuered Italy Africa Sardica Sardinia the Italian Peninsula and even Spain but he could not had done any of that without his commander Belisarius not a ot of information is known about him Thtas why I read this book it was an attempt to gain some info about this much important historical figure and in that sense this book succeeded there are some grammatical errors and dubious sources in some point that s why its not a 5 star book but you do earn about the politics fighting and diplomacy style of the. Ths including the Eternal City Rome Fighting in the name of Justinian I Belisarius recaptured A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 large portions of the original territory of the ancient Roman Empire However Byzantium was both unwilling and incapable of retaining much of Belisarius’s hard won advances and soon after his death the empire once again retractedIn Belisarius The Last Roman General historian Ian Hughes recounts theife of this great soldier In addition he. To start I must say I was a bit hopeful this book might be good by the reviews available here despite being a work of popular History but I was a bit defrauded while reading it The introduction and the first chapters on the Roman world are a bit awful with many real basic mistakes being done there The contrasting descriptions of the governments of Ravenna and Constantinople and the people from the western and eastern provinces regarding the way how
they viewed themselves are completely false as well as the claims that the Romance anguages were already around that s clearly viewed themselves are completely false as well as the claims that the Romance All about Us languages were already around that s clearly and Ian Hughes shouldearn something about Romance philology the Euites Sagitarii called by their Greek euivalent in this book were the results of Hunnic influence when they had been around for much onger than that the euestrians can hardly be called middle classes and the medieval Roman world wasn t stagnated Basically a person will earn very few actual facts if it won t get confused by themThe actual description of Belisarius campaigns are much better but aren t anything special at all namely the descriptions of his private Noni Speaks Up life and the mapsack the movements by the Romans and its enemies through the theatres of operations which would be certainly a nice addition to it besides claiming the Suebi were subjects of the Franks this seems a basic research error He also sometimes uses Norwich as a source when he isn t a trustworthy one and even that popular historian wrote his claims didn t have academic pretensions and his bibliography and notes are non existent an horrible flaw especially if someone wants to check his sources notwithstanding the fact he cites Procopius and Agathias oftenTo end this review this is The Kind Of Popular History kind of popular History don t Handbags and Gladrags like a book withots of oversimplifications and mistakes which mislead the public unaware of the actual historical events I also wonder how Goldsworthy passed many of these mistakes by what I already read from him Perhaps he advised the author in the right direction but was simply ignored but even then I m a bit disappointed with his support of Ian Hughes work This is an ok biography of one of the ancient world s most interesting characters the Byzantine general Belisarius I An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) ll start with the negatives In some ways this book highlights the difficulties andimitations faced when writing the biography of an ancient personality when there is only relatively sparse documentary evidence for the biographer to draw upon This is especially seen in the sections on the military euipment tactics and organisation of the Byzantine and contemporary empires The assumptions and constant hedging was extremely irritating and began to grate on me after a while While I understand that there are gaps in the evidence I haven t had the same feelings when reading other books about this and similar periods in history Ultimately the authors writing style is to blame here as it sometimes communicated unintentionally I m sure a ack of conviction in his analysis and conclusions At times I was eft asking If you re so unsure about this then why ar. Hughes has written a Wish Upon a Wedding lively and detailed account of Belisarius’s remarkable career” Adrian Goldsworthy author of The Complete Roman ArmyBelisarius c 505–565 AD was the greatest general of the Eastern Roman Empire and is among history’s most notable military personalities At the age of 29 he twice defeated the Persians and reconuered North Africa from the Vandals before going on to regain the Italian peninsula from the Ostrogo.