The Secret History part 1

Procopius of Caesarea: The Secret History

The Secret History claims to provide explanations and additions that the author could not insert into his work on the Wars for fear of retribution from Justinian and Theodora.

Since both before and afterward, Procopius wrote approvingly of the emperor, it was suggested in the past that he was not the author of the work, but it is now generally accepted that Procopius wrote it. Analysis of text, which show no contradictions in point of fact between the Secret History and the other works, as well a linguistic and grammatical analysis makes this a conclusive opinion.

By the historian

In what I have written on the Roman wars up to the present point, the story was arranged in chronological order and as completely as the times then permitted.

What I shall write now follows a different plan, supplementing the previous formal chronicle with a disclosure of what really happened throughout the R…

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