"The Secret History": A Review Book Review by Nicky

An analytical review of "The Secret History," written by the Roman historian Procopius.
# 145974 | 1,498 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 12, 2010 in History (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Greek and Roman)

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This paper reviews and analyzes "The Secret History" by Roman historian Procopius, which tells the tale of three Roman wars - one against the Persians, one against the Vandals, and one against the Goths. The paper explains that the text was written in the 32nd year of Justinian, which various scholars translate as between 524 and 550, and that Procopius is considered a major historian of the time; his works provide valuable insight into the Roman Empire. This paper uses evidence from the work to explore the reasons for Procopius' apparent change in attitude towards Justinian and his wife, as compared to his first two histories. This paper also supports the thesis that "The Secret History" is an attempt to undermine the political power of Justinian in favor of the emerging forms of early Christianity, and that his plea that this work reflects his true feelings is insincere.

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From the Paper:

"One of the key clues in the text is Procopius' treatment of various political factions that existed at the time. For instance, Procopius criticizes Justinian for protecting the interests of the Christians, one of the greatest threats to the Empire at the time. However, he appears to be a Jewish sympathizer in chapter 28 when he criticizes Justinian for fining Jews for celebrating their holidays."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Procopius. H.B. Dewing (Trans). Procopius: The Secret History. Loeb Classical Library. Vol. VI. 1935. <http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Roman/Texts/Procopius/Anecdota/home.html> Accessed 22 February 2009.
  • Procopius. Richard Atwater (Trans). Procopius: The Secret History. Introduction. 1927. < http://www.sacred- texts.com/cla/proc/shp/index.html> Accessed 22 February 2009.

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