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Procopius and the sixth century /

Main Author: Cameron, Averil.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1985
Series: Transformation of the classical heritage ; 10
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The last and in some respects the greatest historian of the Roman Empire, Procopius has received surprisingly little attention. The last full study appeared in 1951, Berthold Rubin's German work Prokopios von Kaisareia (Stuttgart: 1954). In English one must go back to 1912 to William Gordon Holmes, The Age of Justinian and Theodora. Now Cameron (University of London) has given us a splendid synthesis, in which Procopius' life, politics, and works are fully described and analyzed. All the evidence is set forth in a clear and well-organized manner, and there is also an unobtrusive but effective review of the relevant secondary literature. Cameron's work is a major achievement, a fine addition to this distinguished series. It is far superior to the many one-volume studies of ancient authors that have recently appeared, and becomes at once the standard work on the subject in English and indeed all other languages. Especially impressive is the first part, in which a masterful analysis of diction, style, and prose rhythm is used to place Procopius in his social, literary, and political context. Philology and history are allied here, as often in the best of classical studies. Highest recommendation for all academic library collections.-R.I. Frank, University of California, Irvine.

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