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Overview

Having dutifully written the official war history of Justinian's reign, Procopius turned round and revealed in The Secret History the other faces of the leading men and women of Byzantium in the sixth century. Justinian, the great law-giver, appears as a hateful tyrant, wedded to an ex-prostitute, Theodora; and Belisarius, the brilliant general whose secretary Procopius had been, is seen as the pliable dupe of his wife Antonina, a woman as corrupt and scheming as Theodora herself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472087280
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1961
  • Series: Ann Arbor Paperbacks
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author


G.A. Williamson was born in 1895 and was a Classical Exhibitioner at Worcester College, Oxford, graduating with a First Class Honours degree. He was Senior Classics Master at Norwich School from 1922 to 1960. He also translated Josephus: The Jewish War (1959) and Procopius: The Secret History (1966) for the Penguin Classics. He died in 1982.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    one of a kind

    This book is about 1,500 years old, but it's written in a way that's just as newsy and down-to-earth as anything today, which just goes to show you that people don't change. it is basically the history of Justinian and Theodora, two of the most influential rulers of Byzantium ever, from the perspective of a historian who hates their guts. A great way to discover ancient literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2000

    Is this book funny or what?

    WOW...I didn't believe ancient people would write stuff like this... This book is hilarious.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2000

    Entertaining read

    Procopius writes a very readable discription of Byzantium at the time of Justiniun. He takes you to the corrupt court of the emperor giving you details that a tabloid would be proud of. You wonder how much to accept at face value, but the book is well worth reading anyway.

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