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Download The Secret History Reader º ☆ ✵ [BOOKS] ⚦ The Secret History By Join or create book clubs ✿ – Eyltransferservices.co.uk The Secret History written by the sixth century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine periodPrY The Secret History written by the sixth century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine periodProcopius the leading official historian of his time lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler These were words of aggrandisement But covertly Procopius kept a very different record The Secret History a vivid salacious and detailed account of the outrageous behaviour of Justinian and his wife Theodora and the eually corrupt licentious and cruel members of the court and administration of the timeSecrecy was a necessary precaution for Procopius to prevent a painful and untimely death for Justinian emerges as a grasping ruthless and unprincipled ruler who would do anything to increase his wealth and power and who would not brook opposition on any level No one was safe around him he was on a par with the worst Emperors of Rome such as Caligula Theodora was no better Procopius portrays her as a vulgar woman of insatiable sexual appetite given to scandalous displays and eually ready to kill to satisfy her desires Not even Belisarius the outstanding general of the time was free from criticism he is shown to be in thrall to his wife Antonina also a woman of wild habits keen to pursue any person or object which appealed to her without let or hindranceThis was a time Procopius shows when no one in the great capital of Constantinople was safe a time when the rule of law could be subsumed at any time according to the whim of those in power James Cameron Stewart reads the unabridged anonymous translation published in 1896 by The Athenian Socie still reading

The Secret HistoryY The Secret History written by the sixth century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine periodProcopius the leading official historian of his time lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler These were words of aggrandisement But covertly Procopius kept a very different record The Secret History a vivid salacious and detailed account of the outrageous behaviour of Justinian and his wife Theodora and the eually corrupt licentious and cruel members of the court and administration of the timeSecrecy was a necessary precaution for Procopius to prevent a painful and untimely death for Justinian emerges as a grasping ruthless and unprincipled ruler who would do anything to increase his wealth and power and who would not brook opposition on any level No one was safe around him he was on a par with the worst Emperors of Rome such as Caligula Theodora was no better Procopius portrays her as a vulgar woman of insatiable sexual appetite given to scandalous displays and eually ready to kill to satisfy her desires Not even Belisarius the outstanding general of the time was free from criticism he is shown to be in thrall to his wife Antonina also a woman of wild habits keen to pursue any person or object which appealed to her without let or hindranceThis was a time Procopius shows when no one in the great capital of Constantinople was safe a time when the rule of law could be subsumed at any time according to the whim of those in power James Cameron Stewart reads the unabridged anonymous translation published in 1896 by The Athenian Socie still reading

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The Secret History Ù The Secret History written by the sixth century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine periodProcopius the leading official historian of his time lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler These were words of aggrandisement But covertly Procopius kept a very different record The Secret History a vivid salacious and detailed account of the outrageous behaviour of Justinian and his wife Theodora and the eually corrupt licentious and cruel members of the court and administration of the timeSecrecy was a necessary precaution for Procopius to prevent a painful and untimely death for Justinian emerges as a grasping ruthless and unprincipled ruler who would do anything to increase his wealth and power and who would not brook opposition on any level No one was safe around him he was on a par with the worst Emperors of Rome such as Caligula Theodora was no better Procopius portrays her as a vulgar woman of insatiable sexual appetite given to scandalous displays and eually ready to kill to satisfy her desires Not even Belisarius the outstanding general of the time was free from criticism he is shown to be in thrall to his wife Antonina also a woman of wild habits keen to pursue any person or object which appealed to her without let or hindranceThis was a time Procopius shows when no one in the great capital of Constantinople was safe a time when the rule of law could be subsumed at any time according to the whim of those in power James Cameron Stewart reads the unabridged anonymous translation published in 1896 by The Athenian Societ As a massive fan of the early Byzantine period this book was a necessity on my reading list The text is also very short and takes about 6 8 hrs of reading to complete which should make it very attractive to those who are interested in first hand texts but don't have time to trudge through all eight volumes of The Wars or other such worksWhile most of what Procopius stipulates is likely untrue or highly exaggerated the understanding gained of Byzantine culture such as the large role character assassination played in politics is highly valuable when judging figures of that time or other primary sources from the eastern empire For example similar hyperbole is also present in works dated half a century later such as the AlexiadA note on the bindingpublishing I purchased the Kissinger Legacy Reprint hardcover version and it was riddled with spelling mistakes and misprints While reading I often had to cross reference between jumbled Kissinger passages and the free online version of the text I would therefore highly recommend a different publisher or simply read the free online text I also found the online text less prone to confusing and honestly unnecessary metaphors than the Kissinger publication so if clarity is what is sought I would also recommend that version to be the first port of call Book Ç The Secret History Æ Join or create book clubs

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Join or create book clubs Æ The Secret History Doc The Secret History written by the sixth century Byzantine historian Procopius is one of the most extraordinary and scandalous documents to have survived from the early Byzantine periodProcopius the leading official historian of his time lived during the testing and indulgent time of Emperor Justinian the Great and wrote the official records of the successful wars and the grand building projects of his ruler These were words of aggrandisement But covertly Procopius kept a very different record The Secret History a vivid salacious and detailed account of the outrageous behaviour of Justinian and his wife Theodora and the eually corrupt licentious and cruel members of the court and administration of the timeSecrecy was a necessary precaution for Procopius to prevent a painful and untimely death for Justinian emerges as a grasping ruthless and unprincipled ruler who would do anything to increase his wealth and power and who would not brook opposition on any level No one was safe around him he was on a par with the worst Emperors of Rome such as Caligula Theodora was no better Procopius portrays her as a vulgar woman of insatiable sexual appetite given to scandalous displays and eually ready to kill to satisfy her desires Not even Belisarius the outstanding general of the time was free from criticism he is shown to be in thrall to his wife Antonina also a woman of wild habits keen to pursue any person or object which appealed to her without let or hindranceThis was a time Procopius shows when no one in the great capital of Constantinople was safe a time when the rule of law could be subsumed at any time according to the whim of those in power James Cameron Stewart reads the unabridged anonymous translation published in 1896 by The Athenian Society As for other people’s money he seized it by stealth without the slightest hesitation for he did not even think it necessary to put forward any excuse or justification before taking possession of a thing to which he had no claim Yet when he had secured the money he was uite prepared to show his contempt for it by reckless prodigality or to throw it to barbarians without the slightest need In short he kept no money and allowed no one else in the world to keep any as if he were not overcome by avarice but held fast by envy of those who had acuired money Thus he cheerfully banished wealth from Roman soil and became the architect of poverty for allAs is well known Procopius wrote both the official and the unofficial histories of Justinian's reign In fact the editor has an interesting passage on P's esoteric art of writingThere are good reasons to take Procopius at his word not least of which is the fact that the differences between these two works are often apparent than they are real The main one is that whereas criticism of Justinian and his policies in the Secret History is invariably explicit and direct and expressed in the authorial voice in the History of the Wars the self same accusations tend to be put into the mouths of others such as foreign ambassadors or visitors to court or are expressed implicitly by way of literary allusion Another ruse employed in the History of the Wars is to take charges levelled at Justinian in the Secret History and project them onto the Persian Shah Chosroes Khusro Justinian and Chosroes become in effect interchangeable as models of oriental despotismNonetheless Procopius does not lay everything out in the unofficial history either He may be describing a horrible state of affairs and yet his rhetoric is often too classicalIf in the attitude of mind and way of life the difference between them Justinian and Theodora was apparent they were at one in their rapacity their bloodlust and their utter contempt for the truth Both of them were the most practised liars and if anyone who aroused Theodora’s ire was alleged to be committing any offence however trivial and insignificant she promptly fabricated charges which had nothing to do with the accused and blew the matter up to criminal proportions Endless indictments received a hearing and a special court was set up to dispose of them The judges appointed were of Theodora’s choosing and it was their function to contend with each other to see which of them by the inhumanity of his verdict could succeed better than the others in satisfying the Empress’s desireOf Theodora's sexual depravity the dishiest part of the book I will say only that some things are too good to be true and some things too awfulReassuring reading if you think we live in the worst of times