Secret History

Secret History : with Related Texts

By (author) Prokopios , Edited by Anthony Kaldellis


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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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  • Paperback | 195 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 12.7mm | 140g
  • 06 May 2010
  • Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
  • Cambridge, MA
  • English
  • 1603841806
  • 9781603841801
  • 325,794

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

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`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

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