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  1. The Secret History: with Related Texts (Hackett Classics)
    The Secret History: with Related Texts (Hackett Classics)
    The Secret History: with Related Texts (Hackett Classics)
    The Secret History: with Related Texts (Hackett Classics)
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  2. The Secret History: with Related Texts (Hackett Classics)

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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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The Secret history should be considered gold standard of insider exposes - and it happened to be written nearly 1500 years ago. Combining wit, insight, gossip, mudslinging, invective and polemic, Procopius, one of the scribes under the legendary Byzantine general Belisarius wrote a biting account of the failings and imperfections of the most powerful men and women of his time, starting with his boss and his wife and working his way up to the emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. Justinian is credited with bringing about the 'Golden Age' of Byzantium but as Procopius shows, the gold was merely plated on and it happened to be fool's gold. Justinian's reign saw the recovery of lands lost in Italy once the Western Roman Empire fell to the Goths, however, Procopius shows that most of these victories were hollow - the empire expended money and efforts to usually fight its adversaries to a stalemate and then made no effort to integrate these lands into the empire, leaving them vulnerable... Read more
"The Secret History" by Prokopios, a candid and scathing look at the inner workings of the empire of Justinian, translated, edited, and annotated by brilliant historian Anthony Kaldellis, is a window on corruption, depravity, arrogance, greed, destruction, plunder, and impunity of empire-builders and their subtending subversive coteries of all ages, looking behind the facades of self-aggrandizing pretentions to nobility, pious proclamations, and specious retrospective panegyrics offered as historiography. Prokopios effectively presages the catastrophic beginnings of our so-called New Millennium in its broad outlines. Among the great lessons of history, surely this is the most significant, and the most frightening. But, as history sadly demonstrates, history's great lessons are forever lost on those who hold sway over today and tomorrow, and over us.
This was my best possible choice for "The Secret History." The related texts are invaluable!

James Conroyd MartinThe Boy Who Wanted Wings: Love in the Time of War
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