The sixth century was not a peaceful time for the Roman empire. Invaders threatened on all fronties, but they grew to respect and fear the name of Belisarius, the Emperor Justinian's greatest general. With this book Robert Graves again demonstrates his command of a vast historical subject, creating a startling and vivid picture of a decadent era.
Robert Graves was a marvelous historical novelist & poet (just read Hercules, My Shipmate, Homer's Daughter, or I, Claudius). But this particular effort falls regrettably flat. It does, however, read like much of the actual material from the period. But Byzantine stuff tended to be rather portentous & stuffy -- bureaucratese par excellence -- and Graves captures the very essence of it here. Unfortunately, it doesn't work all that well for a piece of fiction like this is trying to be. The sense of … more