The Secret History: with Related Texts

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Hackett Publishing, Sep 1, 2010 - Byzantine Empire - 276 pages
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By exposing the perversion, repression, corruption, and injustice at the heart of Justinian's regime, Prokopios' The Secret History destroyed forever that emperor's reputation as the great and benevolent ruler of a vast Byzantine state. Faithfully rendered here in blunt and idiomatic English, Prokopios' tell-all is as shocking today as it was in the sixth century. Kaldellis' substantial Introduction addresses, among other topics, the historical background to The Secret History; Prokopios' literary style and major themes; and the relationships between Prokopios, Justinian, and Empress Theodora. Maps, genealogies, a glossary, and a selection of related texts (including excerpts from Prokopios' Wars and Buildings and several contemporary documents) enhance and support the reading of this scandalous and suspenseful book.

 

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User Review  - Medievalgirl - LibraryThing

An unofficial history recounting what the author really thought about the 5th century Byzantine establishment. Biting, vitriolic and pulling no punches 'The Secret History' has been described as the ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Procopius was probably an excellent secretary, and he certainly tried to describe the times he lived in. but this book is far more mean spirited than the rest of the canon. Was he angry because of the ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
vii
A Note on the Translation and the Spelling of Names
lx
Acknowledgements
lxii
Timeline
lxiii
Glossary of Offices and Administrative Terms
lxv
Geneology of the Family of Justinian
lxvi
Geneology of the Family of Theodora
lxvii
Maps
lxviii
A Guide to the Main Sources
lxxii
A Guide to Scholarship in English
lxxvii
The Secret History
1
Related Texts
133
Index
183
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Anthony Kaldellis is Professor of Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University.

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