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History of the Wars: Gothic War Continues Bks.6, 16-7, 35, v. 4 (Loeb Classical Library) [Hardcover]

Procopius
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1 July 1989 Loeb Classical Library (Book 173)
Procopius, born at Caesarea in Palestine late in the 5th century, became a lawyer. In 527 CE he was made legal adviser and secretary of Belisarius, commander against the Persians, and went with Belisarius again in 533 against the Vandals and in 535 against the Ostrogoths. Sometime after 540 he returned to Constantinople. He may have been that Procopius who was prefect of Constantinople in 562, but the date of his death (after 558) is unknown. Procopius's "History of the Wars" in 8 books recounts the Persian Wars of emperors Justinus and Justinian down to 550 (2 books); the Vandalic War and after-events in Africa 532546 (2 books); the Gothic War against the Ostrogoths in Sicily and Italy 536552 (3 books); and a sketch of events to 554 (1 book). The whole consists largely of military history, with much information about peoples and places as well, and about special events. He was a diligent, careful, judicious narrator of facts and developments and shows good powers of description. He is just to the empire's enemies and boldly criticises emperor Justinian. Other works by Procopius are the "Anecdota" or "Secret History"vehement attacks on Justinian, Theodora, and others; and "The Buildings of Justinian" (down to 558 CE) including roads and bridges as well as churches, forts, hospitals, and so on in various parts of the empire. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Procopius is in seven volumes.

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Loeb (1 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674991915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674991910
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11.7 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful 5 April 2013
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These books give you the original Greek text on every other page
and then an English translation on the facing page. Hence it is
always possible to check out the original Greek words, instead of
just trusting that the translator has done a good job – which is
not always the case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Classical Historian 18 Sep 2011
Since there are so many of these darn things the review shall be divided into three sections. First, a brief description of the Loeb series of books and their advantages/disadvantages. Second shall be my thoughts on the author himself, his accuracy, as well as his style and the style of his translator. This is of course only my opinion and should be treated as such. The final part shall review what this particular book actually covers.

The Loeb series date back to the turn of the last century. They are designed for people with at least some knowledge of Greek or Latin. They are a sort of compromise between a straight English translation and an annotated copy of the original text. On the left page is printed the text in Greek or Latin depending on the language of the writer and on the right side is the text in English. For somebody who knows even a little Greek or Latin these texts are invaluable. You can try to read the text in the original language knowing that you can correct yourself by looking on the next page or you can read the text in translation and check the translation with the original for more detail. While some of the translations are excellent mostly they are merely serviceable since they are designed more as an aid to translation rather than a translation in themselves. Most of them follow the Greek or Latin very closely. These books are also very small, maybe just over a quarter the size of your average hardcover book. This means that you'll need to buy more than just one book to read a complete work. They are also somewhat pricey considering their size. The Loeb Collection is very large but most of the more famous works can be found in better (and cheaper) translations elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Titiles and Reviews Do Not Match Books 24 Feb 2005
By Rick A. Riedlinger - Published on Amazon.com
You may wish to use the ISBN to get what you want as Amazon has these titles scrambled. Used book listings are not necessarily under the correct headings- double check! Only vol 6 has the Secret History.

Volume I. History of the Wars.
Books 1-2. The Persian War
Series No. 48 / 600 pages / ISBN 0-674-99054-4

Volume II. History of the Wars
Books 3-4. The Vandalic War
Series No. 81 / 494 pages / ISBN 0-674-99090-0

Volume III. History of the Wars
Books 5-6.15. The Gothic War
Series No. 107 / 458 pages / ISBN 0-674-99119-2

Volume IV. History of the Wars
Books 6.16-7.35. The Gothic War (continued)
Series No. 173 / 496 pages / ISBN 0-674-99191-5

Volume V. History of the Wars
Books 7.36-8. The Gothic War (continued)
Series No. 217 / 448 pages / ISBN 0-674-99239-3

Volume VI. The Anecdota or Secret History
Series No. 290 / 406 pages / ISBN 0-674-99320-9

Volume VII. On Buildings. General Index
This volume also contains a General Index to all seven volumes of the Loeb edition of Procopius.
Series No. 343 / 562 pages / ISBN 0-674-99378-0
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Classical Historian 11 July 2011
By Arch Stanton - Published on Amazon.com
Since there are so many of these darn things the review shall be divided into three sections. First, a brief description of the Loeb series of books and their advantages/disadvantages. Second shall be my thoughts on the author himself, his accuracy, as well as his style and the style of his translator. This is of course only my opinion and should be treated as such. The final part shall review what this particular book actually covers.

The Loeb series date back to the turn of the last century. They are designed for people with at least some knowledge of Greek or Latin. They are a sort of compromise between a straight English translation and an annotated copy of the original text. On the left page is printed the text in Greek or Latin depending on the language of the writer and on the right side is the text in English. For somebody who knows even a little Greek or Latin these texts are invaluable. You can try to read the text in the original language knowing that you can correct yourself by looking on the next page or you can read the text in translation and check the translation with the original for more detail. While some of the translations are excellent mostly they are merely serviceable since they are designed more as an aid to translation rather than a translation in themselves. Most of them follow the Greek or Latin very closely. These books are also very small, maybe just over a quarter the size of your average hardcover book. This means that you'll need to buy more than just one book to read a complete work. They are also somewhat pricey considering their size. The Loeb Collection is very large but most of the more famous works can be found in better (and cheaper) translations elsewhere. If you want to read a rarer book or read one in the original language then you can't do better than the Loeb Editions.

There are 7 volumes of Procopius in the Loeb series which include all his known works. Procopius was the last great Classical historian and a personal favorite of mine. His works were written in the middle of the 6th Century during the reign of Justinian when the Empire was once again on the rise. His books are about the wars to reconquer the Western Empire which had fallen in 476. As an author Procopius is highly readable. His works cover a very interesting period and do so with great skill. He is from the Sallustan school of history writing and divides his work into sections based on similar topics instead of following a strictly chronological approach. This makes his books both easier to follow and more entertaining for the reader. While his books are technically focused on the wars they cover much more than that including politics and economic matters. Procopius is also the author of two other very different books. One a very boring panegyric on the building works of Justinian and the other called the 'Anecdota' or 'Secret History' which is basically a collection of every possible slander he could make against Justinian, his wife Theodora, and just about everybody else he'd ever met. As you might gather from those two different books Procopius suffers on accuracy issues. While he doesn't seem to have told direct lies (except in his secret history) his lies of omission are likely to be serious. Unfortunately he is our main source for that era which makes it hard to check him against other sources. Still, even if he fudges facts a little to obscure some points he is unlikely to have completely changed the events described. The translation is quite good.

This volume contains about a book and a half of the war to reclaim Italy. It's the second one dealing with the Italian Wars. I don't know why they split the books into bits.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic: Worth The Penny 11 Sep 2009
By B. Mazibuko - Published on Amazon.com
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Procopius as first hand witness of what he reports on, is like a news reporter reporting live as the war between the Byzantines and the Ostrogoths unfolds.

It does not get better than this. The story is warm and powerful.
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