The vast majority of works covering the exploits of famous generals inevitably focus upon the military abilities of the individual. With very few exceptions, the role of luck is usually relegated to the sidelines as being irrelevant. However, as the famous quote from Napoleon says, in the pre-industrial era it was recognized that Luck played a vital role in warfare, and being seen as ‘fortunate’ or as ‘favoured of (the) God(s)’ could play a major part in the formation of a reputation. Nowhere does this show itself more than with the career of Belisarius.
The article is illustrated by Johnny Shumate
Direct link to >> Ancient Warfare IV.3, 2010 publication
After Belisarius’ success at the Battle of Dara, the Emperor Justinian must have hoped for a second overwhelming victory when he sent Belisarius to defeat an invading Persian army composed entirely of cavalry. At the Battle of Callinicum Belisarius was to face the sternest test of his life. Out-generalled, outwitted and outmanoeuvred, Belisarius failed in his mission. An in-depth investigation into the reasons behind his failure.
The article is illustrated by Igor Dzis
Direct link to >> Ancient Warfare V.3 2011 publication