The Secret History

The Secret History

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by Procopius
     
 

ISBN-10: 0140441824

ISBN-13: 9780140441826

Pub. Date: 03/28/1982

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

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…  See more details below

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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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ISBN-13:
9780140441826
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1982
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.52(d)

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The Secret History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW...I didn't believe ancient people would write stuff like this... This book is hilarious.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.