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    The Secret History was written by Procopius during his lifetime, but after his other works. This was a work written for himself and close friends, which he never intended to publish. The Secret History shows a different side to the events that happened in the Byzantine Empire. This book shows a different side to many different, well know rulers in Byzantine. Procopius portrays Antonina to be a very scandalous person with very little morals who would cheat on her husband every chance she got. Procopius also portrayed Belisarius as not the smartest person, who was constantly falling for his wives lies. He also portrays Justinian and Theodora in a much different light than what was common. He called both of them demons because of how horrible…

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    differences does Procopius see between the official and Secret History? Justinian during the reign of the Byzantium empire he had Procopius writing about him and about his government. Procopius had access to a lot of the fights that justinian fought therefore he had information from first hand and he was able to write about Justinian life. Procopius did a really good job during his life, he was the only historian who was able to write information about the Byzantium empire that it was true. he…

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    analyzed are as followed; “Perpetua’s Diary”, “Procopius’ Secret History”, “The Women from the Suras”, and “Pact of Kumar”. The first document, “Perpetua’s Diary”, is a section from a prison diary kept by a young woman, Vibia Perpetua, martyred in Carthage around the time of 202 or 203 CE. Being a diary entry and written in first person, the author of this document was Perpetua herself. She was a young woman,…

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    plagued the secular government. Authors of the 5th and 6th centuries, like Procopius and St. Augustine, offer little to undermine that notion. One would be quick to assume that the general decline in quality of life in the late Eastern-Roman world would have a detrimental effect on the rights of women. However, contemporary research indicates that the opposite was true. Women in Constantinople during late-antiquity managed to not only retain the social gains made by the rise of Christianity,…

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    as not only immensely powerful but also graciously humble. With the ability to both save his followers from grave danger and at the same time keep himself from being overwhelmed with glory, because of his constant awareness of the ever present superior counter part in the heavens. As for the Women of the epic tale, the characters of Queen Modthryth, Queen Hygd, and Hrothgar’s daughter represent not only what an Anglo-Saxon women was expected to be but also what was undesirable of the time.…

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    Theodora gave a trying give hope to the people and inspire them. “As to the belief that a woman ought not to be daring among men or to assert herself boldly among those who are holding back from fear, I consider that the present crisis does not permit us to discuss whether the matter should be regarded in this or in some other way” (Envisioning World Civilization “Procopius, Theodora and the Nika Riots” 285). This quote talks about how a person should not be scared of asserting their self…

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    Vandals under the command of King Gaiseric. The reason for this attacked was because in 440s AD, King Gaiseric and Emperor Valentinian III had an agreement that their children (Huneric and Eudocia) should wed to strengthen the ties. However, Emperor Valentinian died in 455 AD, and a new Emperor Petronius Maxium rose to power. Petronius had Eudocia (who was old enough now), and who was Valentinian’s daughter, to marry his son instead. This action caused the Vandal King to void the peace treaty…

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    The Roman/Byzantine Empire implemented questionable economic policies to enter new markets and continue the monopolies they had. According to Procopius, one of Justinian’s main advisors, the Roman Empire smuggled in Silk Worms from China to be able to enter the Silk market to be able to lower the price for themselves. The Empire also enforced dress codes of who could dress in Silk and what color they could wear. They did this to separate the classes from one another. Justinian’s may have been a…

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    and brought its walls down. On the last Monday of May in the same year, people began to gather the Hagia Sophia. A sermon was given in both Latin and Greek; the divisions that had separated the two churches of the East and West forgotten. But it was to no avail. In the end, Ottoman flags were hoisted up to celebrate their victory. At last the wheel comes full circle, from the founder of Byzantium, Constantine, to the final emperor, who was, fittingly enough, also named Constantine (p. 298; 299).…

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    269-271. A line from this reading follows as, “During the Nika rebellion, when Justinian considered fleeing the city, Theodora rallied him with a fiery speech.” Because of this example and quote, it is evident that Theodora was passionate and stood her ground during such a troubling time. Despite Theodora’s accomplishments, some thought poorly of Theodora such as John Norwich and Procopius, who in reading their texts on Theodora and Justinian portray Theodora as an unfit leader, someone who…

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