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Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

This book has been read at various stages by John Fine, Traianos Gagos, Ray Van Dam, Beate Dignas, Stephanos Efthymiadis, Dimitris Krallis, Kim Vogel, and Chris Lillington-Martin, all of whom I thank for their valuable suggestions. Dimitris was present at the creation on that gray day in November 1999 ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-16

Justinian was the last Roman emperor of ecumenical importance and the last to claim a place among the famous rulers of antiquity. After the late eleventh century, he was known to every educated man in the West as the arbiter of the Roman legal tradition. The Corpus was indeed the empire's last great contribution ...

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1 Classicism and Its Discontents

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pp. 17-61

"Procopius of Caesarea composed a record of the wars which Justinian, the emperor of the Romans, waged against the barbarians of the east and of the west." The first sentence of the Wars announces its author and his theme and does so by imitating the first sentences of Thucydides and, to a lesser degree, of Herodotus. ...

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2 Tales Not Unworthy of Trust: Anecdotes and the Persisan War

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pp. 62-93

Ancient and Byzantine historical narratives represent a nexus of scholarship and literature. To describe real events, they utilize techniques of empirical verification in conjunction with a broad range of literary devices. Also, they have moral or philosophical goals that seem inappropriate to factual reporting today. ...

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3 The Secret History of Philosophy

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pp. 94-117

We have examined the individual stories that constitute the introduction to the Persian War and have shown how each story foreshadows some of the main themes that Procopius intends to develop in the main body of the narrative as well as in the Secret History. Those stories are not offered as factual reporting, ...

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4 The Representation of Tyranny

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pp. 118-164

The first sentence of the Wars declares the work to be about the wars waged by Justinian against the barbarians. The narrative takes place mostly on the frontiers and in lands being conquered, paradoxically relegating the capital to the margins. Yet though he never left the capital, Justinian determined the course ...

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5 God and Tyche in the Wars

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pp. 165-222

In 537, the city of Rome was besieged by the Goths and defended by a small imperial army under Belisarius. Civic life was disrupted and the populace unsure of its loyalties and prospects. Procopius was present throughout the siege, of which he wrote a gripping narrative. Among the omens, intrigues, and wonders ...

Appendix 1. Secret History 19 - 30 and the Edicts of Justinian

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pp. 223-228

Appendix 2. The Plan of Secret History 6 - 18

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pp. 229-230

List of Abbreviations

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pp. 231-232

Notes

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pp. 233-274

Bibliography

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pp. 275-298

Index

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pp. 299-305