Secret History: with Related Texts

Secret History: with Related Texts


By (author) Prokopios, Edited by Anthony Kaldellis

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  • Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 195 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 215mm x 13mm | 140g
  • Publication date: 6 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge, MA
  • ISBN 10: 1603841806
  • ISBN 13: 9781603841801
  • Sales rank: 404,905

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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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Anthony Kaldellis is Professor of Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University.

Review quote

`By far the most accurate translation now available, with useful supporting documents for teaching, and a comprehensive and enlightening introduction that even experienced Byzantinists will want to read.` -- Michael Kulikowski, University of Tennessee