The Secret History : With Related Texts Paperback
Edited by Anthony Kaldellis
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 276 pages
- Publisher: Hackett Publishing Co, Inc
- Publication Date: 15/03/2010
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781603841801
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Review by flmcgough
A simply superb translation of one of the most important texts of Late Antiquity, and well in keeping with the writing style of Prokopios. While most modern translators tend to use archaic vocabulary regardless of the original style, Kaldellis (thankfully) does not, and "The Secret History" reads more like a tabloid than a dry history--that's reserved for Prokopios's "History of the Wars." A masterstroke for Kaldellis, and one that I'm sure will not go unnoticed by the academic community.