The Secret History of the Court of Justinian Paperback – 11 Jan 2010
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Procopius of Caesarea (c. AD 500 – c. AD 565) was a prominent Byzantine scholar from Palaestina Prima. Accompanying the general Belisarius in the wars of the Emperor Justinian I, he became the principal historian of the 6th century, writing the Wars of Justinian, the Buildings of Justinian and the celebrated Secret History. He is commonly held to be the last major historian of the ancient world. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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And yet it is Eudora, the maligned Empress, who says to Justinian that he can flee if he wishes by ship but she is staying put. And she did. Yet even from this event some good has arisen and still remains in Istanbul. Justinian swore that if he was delivered of the rioters he would construct a magnificent church. This he did and the Aya Sofia (or the Hagia Sophia) which, since the Moslem conquest of Byzantium in the 15th century, is still both a church and a mosque today.
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