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A good read for students of military history
on 29 September 2014
The author uses the sparse sources to describe the military career of Belisarius pretty well. I can't say I particularly enjoyed it: too many towns and names in quick succession, detailed descriptions of the armour and weaponry of different armies of the time. It would have been good to hear more about the wider political context, especially at the court of Justinian. Belisarius seems unbelievably trusting of his unfaithful wife, perhaps reflecting the chief source, Procipius. It was interesting that there was a 6th century Italian town called Narnia. Did this inspire C S Lewis?