Belisarius

The Last Roman General

Ian Hughes

 
Date Published :
December 2014
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16pp plates, 15 B+W drawings, 27 maps, 18 Battle Plans
Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473822979
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
$24.95

Overview
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A military history of the campaigns of Belisarius, the greatest general of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Justinian. He twice defeated the Persians and reconquered North Africa from the Vandals in a single year at the age of 29, before going on to regain Spain and Italy, including Rome (briefly), from the barbarians. It discusses the evolution from classical Roman to Byzantine armies and systems of warfare, as well as those of their chief enemies, the Persians, Goths and Vandals. It reassesses Belisarius’ generalship and compares him with the likes of Caesar, Alexander and Hannibal. It will be illustrated with line drawings and battle plans as well as photographs.

About The Author
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Ian Hughes specializes in Late Roman history and is the author of Belisarius, The Last Roman General (2008); Stilicho, the Vandal Who Saved Rome (2010); Aetius: Atilla's Nemesis (2012); Imperial Brothers: Valentinian, Valens and the Disaster at Adrianople (2013); The Patricians (2015); and Gaiseric (2017). A former teacher whose hobbies include football, wargaming and restoring electric guitars, he lives near Barnsley in South Yorkshire.

REVIEWS
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"competing military systems, weapons, tactics, and leaders, and includes considerable background material, to help explain the “why” of various political and even strategic decisions. Although marred by a lack of footnoting, Belisarius is an excellent work, useful for the serious student of the period, and a valuable introduction to the times for the novice."

- The NYMAS Review

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