Book Review – Belisarius, The Last Roman General

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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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