Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Belisaurius: Glory of the Romans
I haven't read it, but this book might be of interest to some of you homeschoolers out there.
Belisarius Revives the Glory of the Romans in New Catholic Novel
There are times in history when the existence of one man changes everything. That man may be a hero tasked by God to do something extraordinary. Or he may be a scoundrel who makes a terrible mistake at a crucial moment.
In the 6th century AD, the crumbling Roman Empire needed a hero. The emperor Justinian believed that he was divinely called to reconquer the lost provinces of the West from their barbarian overlords. But to accomplish such an audacious task with the limited resources at hand, he needed the greatest general in all of history. Belisarius--Book II: Glory of the Romans is the story of that general.
"Belisarius is a fascinating historical figure," says author Paolo A. Belzoni. "He was a tremendously talented and innovative general who arrived on the scene at exactly the right moment in history. What's more, his speeches show him to be a deeply religious man who believed that justice and the blessing of the Almighty counted more than strategy and courage when it came to battle."
Glory of the Romans is the second book of the Belisarius trilogy. The original book, Belisarius: The First Shall Be Last, was published in 2007 and received generous accolades from the Catholic and homeschooling communities. CatholicFiction.net called the book, "An ambitious tale, filled with action, spectacle, and intrigues of all kinds," while Favorite Resources for Catholic Homeschoolers deemed the book, "A great new resource for those of you 'reading your way through history.'" Catholic Men's Quarterly called The First Shall Be Last a "masterful blending of fact and fiction."
"I am writing this series mainly with young men in mind," adds Belzoni, "but I believe that young ladies and adults may also find something of worth in it. My hope is that readers will discover in Belisarius a model of someone who sought honor and excellence amid a very violent, conflicted and complex world, much like our own. Though he was imperfect and prone to fall, Belisarius demonstrates that wonderful resilience of character to pick himself up, acknowledge his faults, and begin again on the path of the true Christian man."
About the Author: Paolo A. Belzoni is a Catholic homeschooling father of five residing in New Jersey. His interests include Roman and Byzantine military history, archaeology, and early Christian history.