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Belisarius: The Last Roman General by Ian Hughes

By Ian Hughes

Hughes has written a full of life and precise account of Belisarius’s amazing career.” - Adrian Goldsworthy, writer of the entire Roman ArmyBelisarius (c. 505–565 advert) was once the best basic of the japanese Roman Empire and is between history’s such a lot striking army personalities. on the age of 29, he two times defeated the Persians and reconquered North Africa from the Vandals, ahead of occurring to regain the Italian peninsula from the Ostrogoths, together with the everlasting urban, Rome. combating within the identify of Justinian I, Belisarius recaptured huge parts of the unique territory of the traditional Roman Empire. despite the fact that, Byzantium was once either unwilling and incapable of keeping a lot of Belisarius’s hard-won advances, and shortly after his loss of life, the empire once more retracted.In Belisarius: The final Roman basic, historian Ian Hughes recounts the lifetime of this nice soldier. In addition, he explains the evolution of classical Roman armies and platforms of struggle into these of the Byzantine Empire, in addition to these in their leader enemies, the Persians, Goths, and Vandals. in keeping with historical resource and drawing on a wealth of contemporary examine, Belisarius’s occupation is determined within the context of the turbulent occasions within which he lived and his acceptance is reassessed to offer a balanced portrait of this ignored huge between historic commanders.

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It) 32. it) 33.  The Empire on the death of Justinian Tactical Diagrams Page Battle of Dara (phases 1–6) Battle of Callinicum (phases 1–4) Battle of Ad Decimum (phases 1–3) Battle of Tricamerum (phases 1–2) Battle of Rome (phases 1–3) Introduction The main aim of this book is to tell the story of one man: Flavius Belisarius. According to no less an authority than the eminent historian John Julius Norwich, ‘In Belisarius [Justinian] had found one of the most brilliant generals in all Byzantine history’.

Belisarius The Last Roman General Ian Hughes Copyright © 2009 Ian Hughes Published by Westholme Publishing under an agreement with Pen & Sword Books, Ltd. 47 Church Street Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2 AS All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review.

Unfortunately, the fleet was destroyed by the Vandals, the attempt failed and Majorian himself was later killed, allegedly on the orders of Ricimer. Shortly thereafter, Anthemius, an eastern general distantly related to the House of Constantine, was made emperor upon the recommendation of Leo I in Constantinople. A second attempt upon Africa was now launched with massive eastern aid. In June 468 a fleet of 1,100 ships and up to 30,000 troops anchored near Cape Bon, a short distance from Carthage.

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