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Headword: Προκόπιος
Adler number: pi,2479
Translated headword: Prokopios, Procopius
Vetting Status: high
Illustrius [in status];[1] of Caesarea in Palestine.[2] Rhetor and sophist. He wrote a Roman History, i.e. the wars of Belisarius the patrician,[3] the actions performed in Rome and Libya. He lived in the time of the emperor Justinian, was employed as Belisarius' secretary, and accompanied him in all the wars and events which he recorded. He also wrote another book, the so-called Anecdota,[4] on the same events; both works [sc. together] are 9 books.[5]
[Note that] the book of Procopius called Anecdota contains abuse and mockery of the emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora, and indeed of Belisarius himself as well, and his wife.[6]
Greek Original:
Προκόπιος, Ἰλλούστριος, Καισαρεὺς ἐκ Παλαιστίνης, ῥήτωρ καὶ σοφιστής. ἔγραψεν Ἱστορίαν Ῥωμαϊκήν, ἤγουν τοὺς πολέμους Βελισαρίου πατρικίου, τὰ κατὰ Ῥώμην καὶ Λιβύην πραχθέντα. γέγονεν ἐπὶ τῶν χρόνων Ἰουστινιανοῦ τοῦ βασιλέως, ὑπογραφεὺς χρηματίσας Βελισαρίου καὶ ἀκόλουθος κατὰ πάντας τοὺς συμβάντας πολέμους τε καὶ πράξεις τὰς ὑπ' αὐτοῦ συγγραφείσας. ἔγραψε καὶ ἕτερον βιβλίον, τὰ καλούμενα Ἀνέκδοτα, τῶν αὐτῶν πράξεων: ὡς εἶναι ἀμφότερα βιβλία θ#. ὅτι τὸ βιβλίον Προκοπίου τὸ καλούμενον Ἀνέκδοτα ψόγους καὶ κωμῳδίαν Ἰουστινιανοῦ βασιλέως περιέχει καὶ τῆς αὐτοῦ γυναικὸς Θεοδώρας, ἀλλὰ μὴν καὶ αὐτοῦ Βελισαρίου καὶ τῆς γαμετῆς αὐτοῦ.
Born c.500 AD.
Adler identifies Hesychius of Miletus as the source of the main paragraph of this entry.
See generally: RE Prokopios(21); PLRE III Procopius(2); OCD4 Procopius.
[1] cf. chi 526, and see generally Photius s.v.
[2] See generally OCD4 Caesarea(2). (Not the same as kappa 1201.)
[3] beta 233.
[4] a.k.a Secret History. The Suda contains many quotations from it. See generally Prokopios, The Secret History, with related texts edited and translated with an introduction by Anthony Kaldellis (Indianapolis & Cambridge 2010).
[5] That is, 8 + 1.
[6] Antonina.
Averil Cameron, Procopius and the sixth century (1985)
Keywords: biography; chronology; ethics; geography; historiography; history; military affairs; rhetoric; women
Translated by: Malcolm Heath on 9 May 2002@12:19:10.
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