The Secret History

The Secret History Review

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.

Title:The Secret History
Edition Language:English

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  • Markus

    When some people lose their jobs, they’ll write a post on Facebook about how much of a scumbag their boss is. Procopius wrote a book.Once the official court historian of the emperor and an important...

  • ?? Sarah ?? (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    Warning: this review is short. Because, YES, I can do short and almost-to-the-point when I really want to. It's just that I don't really want to very often.You gotta give it to the Byzantines, these g...

  • Hadrian

    An extended gossip sheet of the Eastern Roman Empire. Filled with accusations so extreme that they move from just regular tales of horrifying corruption to the downright hilarious. (One trillion death...

  • Sarah (Presto agitato)

    I found this book after reading Bird Brian’s terrific review. First, though, I read Count Belisarius, a work of historical fiction by Robert Graves (author of I, Claudius) written about the same peo...

  • happy

    To sum this book up, this book is Peyton Place in Constantinople. The person who wrote this (if it was Procopius) really, really didn't like the royal family!!! He accuses the empress, Theodora, of al...

  • Liz Janet

    This author is the definition of this meme, I am very pleased. ...

  • Jonfaith

    My day to day involves routine investigations regarding incidents and accidents involving the significantly disabled. Most of the actual conversation is with caretakers. I go home often feeling drowne...

  • Siria

    This is an odd, odd little book. It's probably the strangest ancient work of history you will ever come across. In fact, if it weren't for the fact that Procopius is otherwise a respected author of si...

  • sologdin

    just fantastic, in both senses of the term. we know that we're in a reckless political polemic, which accounts veracity lightly, when justinian can be accused as follows:"And that he was no human bein...

  • Darwin8u

    Doesn't quite rank with Herodotus, and definitely not close to Thucydides, etc. To be fair to Procopius, however, I probably should have read History of the Wars first. This book reminds me of a score...