In the sixth Christian century lived Procopius, a Christian magistrate of Constantinople, in the days when Justinian was Emperor and Belisarius
A mantle-piece, with two modern Sevres vases, a timepiece representing Cupid with his bent bow, a mirror with an engraving on each side -- one representing Homer carrying his guide, the other, Belisarius
begging -- a grayish paper; red and black tapestry -- such was the appearance of Lord Wilmore's drawing-room.
The rich and beautiful wardrobe purchased by these agents, in the course of a few weeks made its way through the intervening country, bristling with custom-houses, garrisoned by an immense army of shabby mendicants in uniform who incessantly repeated the Beggar's Petition over it, as if every individual warrior among them were the ancient Belisarius
: and of whom there were so many Legions, that unless the Courier had expended just one bushel and a half of silver money relieving their distresses, they would have worn the wardrobe out before it got to Rome, by turning it over and over.
At about this period Mr Boffin had become profoundly interested in the fortunes of a great military leader known to him as Bully Sawyers, but perhaps better known to fame and easier of identification by the classical student, under the less Britannic name of Belisarius
. Even this general's career paled in interest for Mr Boffin before the clearing of his conscience with Wegg; and hence, when that literary gentleman had according to custom eaten and drunk until he was all a-glow, and when he took up his book with the usual chirping introduction, 'And now, Mr Boffin, sir, we'll decline and we'll fall!' Mr Boffin stopped him.
The poet uses the names of Caesar, of Tamerlane, of Bonduca, of Belisarius
; the painter uses the conventional story of the Virgin Mary, of Paul, of Peter.
Hound: GCHG CH Belisarius
JP My Sassy Girl, a Borzoi known as "Lucy," owned by Michele Molnar & Jamie Danburg & Minoru Kato.
It was briefly part of the Vandal Kingdom to the west, until its re-conquest by Belisarius
in 533 AD.
In sixth century Byzantium, Emperor Justinian is determined to reunite the whole of the Roman Empire and his best general, Flavius Belisarius
, is poised to invade Italy.
As he sailed down the Tigris in a steamer named the Dwarka, Townshend often wrote in his diary about his hero Belisarius
, a late Roman commander of genius who took Mesopotamia from the Persians in 541AD.
Individuals come and go in the historical narrative, and some of them of exceptional character and accomplishment (Emperor Julian, Justinian's generals Belisarius
and Narses, Charlemagne, Consul Rienzi) seem temporarily to halt or cancel the decline, but the process of falling is inexorable and irreversible.
It is a bad omen indeed when our fast burners haven't heard of Belisarius
but are quite fluent on the gamesmanship of the various wing-level measures of organizational effectiveness.