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The Inheritance of Historiography 350–900$
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Christopher Holdsworth and T.P. Wiseman

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780859892728

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780859892728.001.0001

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History as Text: Coping with Procopius

History as Text: Coping with Procopius

(p.53) V History as Text: Coping with Procopius
The Inheritance of Historiography 350–900

Averil Cameron

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines whether Procopius' The Wars of Justinian, The Buildings of Justinian, and the History, are contradictory to one another. It argues that the three historical works of Procopius, that cover the Byzantium Emperor Justinian I's reign, are not contradictory, as they all use the same style and purist Greek approach. The Secret Historyis not a subversive text — it just uses a different approach that reaches out to a different audience which contrasts with Procopius' other works. The three works are all in linguistic terms as artificial as the other works of Procopius; and we cannot easily say that one of his works, as most believed in the Secret History, represents Procopius' true sentiments.

Keywords:   historical works, Procopius, emperor Justinian I, Secret History, The Buildings of Justinian, The Wars of Justinian

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