Belisarius, The Last Roman General

B2129

The publisher has established a reputation for correcting the neglect of historic subjects and this excellent addition to the list of Ancient History military titles is a very worthy addition. Belisarius was chosen by Justinian I, Eastern Roman Emperor, to attempt the reconquest of the lost provinces of the West and the reconquest of Africa. The author has provided a very easy to read account of a Roman General, who deserves to be recognized, and, at the same time, looked at the political situation, the Byzantine Army and the military technology deployed. There are many maps and charts through the body of the book and a fascinating photo plate section. This book will be eagerly acquired by all those interested in Ancient History, but it also provides a unique bridge between the Fall of Rome and Eastern Roman Empire that kept the flame of Roman achievmeent burning until the turmoil of the Crusades.

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NAME: Belisarius, The Last Roman General
DATE: 070215
FILE: R2129
AUTHOR: Ian Hughes
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PAGES: 166
PRICE: £25.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Rome, Eastern Roman Empire, barbarians, Western Rome, Constantine, Constantinople, Byzantine, Vandals, Goths, Persians. Ostrogoths
ISBN: 1-47382-297-1
IMAGE: B2129.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The publisher has established a reputation for correcting the neglect of historic subjects and this excellent addition to the list of Ancient History military titles is a very worthy addition. Belisarius was chosen by Justinian I, Eastern Roman Emperor, to attempt the reconquest of the lost provinces of the West and the reconquest of Africa. The author has provided a very easy to read account of a Roman General, who deserves to be recognized, and, at the same time, looked at the political situation, the Byzantine Army and the military technology deployed. There are many maps and charts through the body of the book and a fascinating photo plate section. This book will be eagerly acquired by all those interested in Ancient History, but it also provides a unique bridge between the Fall of Rome and Eastern Roman Empire that kept the flame of Roman achievement burning until the turmoil of the Crusades.

The author is a keen war gamer who has already written a number of well-received books about figures in Ancient History who have been neglected by historians in spite of their considerable impact in their era.

The collapse of Rome was rapid. The Western Empire was subjected to a series of invasions by the tribes to the North. Britain was abandoned and the Eastern Empire became a political and cultural lifeboat, but it was sandwiched between the Persians and the Northern tribes who had swept down into Italy. Justinian I decided that it was time to strike back, recovering the lost Western Empire and the territories along the North African Mediterranean coast.

To achieve his objectives, he needed an effective general to lead his troops, but he also needed to create the environment in which the Byzantine army could be equipped and trained to conduct a war on two fronts.

The author has combined material from ancient sources with modern research. He has examined the early Byzantine army with its system of warfare evolved from the classical Roman methods, modified by the systems employed by the enemies, Persians, Vandals, and Goths.

Against this background the career of Belisarius has been reviewed, to produce an eloquent and compelling portrait of this young commander. After reading this account, the reader may wonder why Belisarius has been so neglected by historians.

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