Procopius of Caesarea: Tyranny, History, and Philosophy at the End of Antiquity

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Contents
Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction1
1Classicism and Its Discontents17
The Preface of the Wars17
A Typology of Classicism24
A Distorting Mirror?38
Introducing the Secret History and the Buildings45
2Tales Not Unworthy of Trust: Anecdotes and the Persian War62
Arcadius and Isdigerdes (1.2.1–10)65
Anatolius and Vararanes (1.2.11–15)67
Ephthalites, Persians, and Romans (1.3.1–1.4.13)69
The Pearl of Perozes (1.4.14–31)75
The Tyranny of Cavades (1.5–7)80
The “History of the Armenians” (1.5.7–40)88
3The Secret History of Philosophy94
The Sequence of Regimes Ends in Tyranny94
Tyranny and the Politics of Philosophy99
Plato's Nightmare106
Platonic Texts, Platonic Readers115
4The Representation of Tyranny118
Chosroes and Justinian, “Emperors of East and West”119
“Vanity of Vanities”: Despotism and Imperial Ceremony128
“The Rule of Women” and the Plan of Secret History 1–5142
Laws, Demons, and the Limits of Classicism in the Secret History150
Alternatives and Solutions159

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Procopius of Caesarea: Tyranny, History, and Philosophy at the End of Antiquity
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Classicism and Its DisContents 17
  • Chapter 2 - Tales Not Unworthy of Trust- Anecdotes and the Persian War 62
  • Chapter 3 - The Secret History of Philosophy 94
  • Chapter 4 - The Representation of Tyranny 118
  • Chapter 5 - God and Tyche in the Wars 165
  • Appendix 1 - Secret History 19–30 and the Edicts of Justinian 223
  • Appendix 2 - The Plan of Secret History 6–18 229
  • Abbreviations 231
  • Notes 233
  • Bibliography 275
  • Index 299
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