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The Gothic War by Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen
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really liked it
bookshelves: history, ancient-warfare
Read from March 03 to 07, 2011

The Gothic War by Torsten Cumberland Jacobsen is an easy to read and excellent account of the Eastern Roman Empire’s campaign to reclaim Italy from the Ostrogoths. Roman armies made up of barbarians under the leadership of Belisarius, one of the greatest Roman generals, and later Narses (the Eunuch), fought for over twenty years to conquer Italy and return it to Emperor Justinian in Constantinople.

The book starts off with Belisarius’s successful campaign in North Africa against the Vandals, then his move to Sicily before his final invasion of Italy. We read of the many battles, skirmishes and sieges up and down the boot of Italy and of the numerous battles and sieges for Rome, the eternal City.

The book relies heavily on the five volumes of Procopius’s History of the Wars but the telling of the tale is excellent and so easy to read that it drags you into the history with ease. The book provides a number of detailed maps and a small number of illustrations (too little really) and a detailed appendix on the ‘men, equipment and tactics’ of the contending armies (Roman & Goth) which is well worth the effort to read.

Overall this book would make an excellent addition to any library of those readers who have an interest in this period of history.
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message 1: by Terri (new)

Terri What do you think of this book so far, Rick? I like the look of it.


'Aussie Rick' Hi Terri, so far it’s been a very easy and enjoyable account of the Gothic Wars. Last year I read Procopius's "History of the Wars" (5 volumes), which is the primary source for this book, but this account is a lot easier to read and a lot of fun.


message 3: by Terri (new)

Terri 5 volumes? I bet The Gothic War is easier. lol :-)


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