Sunday, 23 November, 2014

Art Directories

Plenitude: culture by commotion

Details

Popularity: Page View: 889 Site Visit: 34

Procopius of Caesarea (in Palestine) is the most important source for information about the reign of the emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. From 527 to 531 Procopius was a counsel the great general of the time, Belisarius. He was on Belisarius's first Persian campaign, and later took part in an expedition against the Vandals. He was in Italy on the Gothic campaign until 540, after which he lived in Constantinople, since he describes the great plague of 542 in the capital. His life after that is largely unknown, although he was given the title illustris in 560 and in may have been prefect of Constantinople in 562-3.




Site:
Description: Medieval Sourcebook: Procopius of Caesarea: The Secret History
He wrote a number of official histories, including On the Wars in eight books [Polemon or De bellis], published 552, with an addition in 554, and On the Buildings in six books [Peri Ktismaton or De aedificiis], published 561. He also left a "Secret History" [Anecdota, i.e. "unpublished things", not "anecdotes"], probably written c. 550 and published after his death, which was a massive attack on the character of Justinian and his wife Theodora. Parts are so vitriolic, not to say pornographic [esp. Chapter 9], that for some time translations from Greek were only available into Latin [Gibbon - in Ch. 40 of Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire wrote about Theodora that "her arts must be veiled in the obscurity of a learned language ", and then went on to quote the passage in Greek with Latin comments!]

Related Art Sites

Turtle Dreams


TurtleDreams began in the fall of 1996. Keeping my contract ...

CounterPunch's Top 100 Non-Fiction Books of the 20th Century


No newspaper has run the headline, “Bush to American drivers: ...

Harvard Book Store


Harvard Book Store was founded in 1932 by Boston native ...

University of Pittsburgh


Founded in 1787 as a small, private school, the Pittsburgh ...

Seven Seas Magazine


Seven Seas Magazine is a bimonthly (formerly monthly) online magazine ...

Etude


Etude publishes new and emerging voices in literary nonfiction as ...

The Marxists Internet Archive


A Marxist has a certain kind of practice, a way ...

Villehardouin, Geoffrey de


Text of the author's "Memoirs or Chronicle of The Fourth ...

Heritage by LeftJustified


The Constitution of the United States, with an Introduction, & ...

Net wars


Wendy M. Grossman is an American writer based in London ...

Free Books 4 Doctors


Free Medical Books - Over the next few years, many ...

Tacitus: Germania


Tacitus, an important Roman historian, wrote the most detailed early ...

In Search of a Reason for Living


If you are a skeptic, an agnostic, a humanist, simply ...

Catholic Information Network


Catholic website drawing thousands back to the faith. Catholics Come ...

Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


The electronic text of Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine was ...

Book of Threes


For about 15 years, Michael Eck has been thinking about ...

NASA Headquarter


NASA Headquarters, in Washington, D.C., provides overall guidance and direction ...

Evolution's Arrow


Originally Evolution’s Arrow was available outside Australia only through this ...

Napoleonic Literature


More books have been written about Napoleon than any other ...

His True Art of Defense


In 1594 the writings of an Italian Fencing Master, Giacomo ...