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Anekdota ➹ [Read] ➵ Anekdota By Procopio De Cesarea ➼ – Tras haber escrito dos libros en ue elogiaba el gobierno y figura de Justiniano y de Teodora emperadores de Bizancio en el siglo VI Procopio escribió al final de su vida la Historia Secreta o Histori Tras haber escrito dos libros en ue elogiaba el gobierno y figura de Justiniano y de Teodora emperadores de Bizancio en el siglo VI Procopio escribió al final de su vida la Historia Secreta o Historia Arcana Aunue se conocía de su existencia este libro permaneció perdido hasta ue fue descubierto por casualidad en la Biblioteca Vaticana y se publicó por primera vez en En la Historia Secreta Procopio arremete contra la figura de los gobernantes hasta límites pornográficos sin dejar en paz ni siuiera la memoria de su amigo Belisario; y mostrando su desilusión por el tiempo ue le tocó vivir Sin duda se trata de un extraño libro ue nos ha llegado por casualidad la venganza póstuma de Procopio contra los dueños del mundo.

10 thoughts on “Anekdota

  1. Markus Markus says:

    When some people lose their jobs they’ll write a post on Facebook about how much of a scumbag their boss is Procopius wrote a bookOnce the official court historian of the emperor and an important member of the Byzantine Imperial court Procopius wrote the History of the Wars of Justinian and worked on his great chronicles for decades Then he got fired The Secret History is his story of how things really were in the dark heart of the Byzantine Empire meant to be published only after his death The emperor Justinian was a power hungry bastard who ”spoiled the beauty of the cities and plundered the poor” His wife Theodora was a lying whore whose depravities knew no bounds The great general Belisarius was a worthless idiot who was duped by everyone And they were all ”fiends in human form” and of course created by the devilThis book is filled to the brim with tales of the evil deeds of Justinian and his vile courtiers You get to learn how the emperor was personally responsible for the deaths of one trillion people Procopius provides a fully coherent argument where he arrives at this number and much much All in all this might be the most entertaining medieval book ever

  2. ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) says:

    Warning this review is short Because YES I can do short and almost to the point when I really want to It's just that I don't really want to very oftenYou gotta give it to the Byzantines these guys and gals really knew how to live debauchery greed cruelty a total lack of morals corruption duplicity wickedness mass slaughter mean spiritedness spite shrewdnessThey really had the seven deadly sins than covered If you believe Procopius that is Considering he used to be Justinian's official court historian and wrote The Secret History after he got the sack you might not want to take everything he says here for granted I mean there is a slight possibility that his only reason for writing this book was good old retaliation Despite this probably being nothing than a bunch of delicious lies meant to demolish Justinian the most useless vile impulsive treacherous homicidal corrupted emperor ever his lovely wife Theodora basically a crazy bloodthirsty capricious whoreslutbitch his first councillor Belisarius the lamest most pathetic cuckolded Roman general ever and Belisarius' wife Antonina a sex crazed utterly depraved calculating whoreslutbitch it is still lots of fun to read And had Procopius not asked for this delightful piece of slightly biased literature to be published only after his death view spoiler hide spoiler

  3. Sarah (Presto agitato) Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

    I found this book after reading Bird Brian’s terrific review First though I read Count Belisarius a work of historical fiction by Robert Graves author of I Claudius written about the same people the ByzantineRoman Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora and leading general Belisarius and his wife Antonina In Graves’s novel Belisarius emerges as a sympathetic character In Procopius’s contemporary history not so much Procopius lived during the first half of the 6th century He was secretary to Belisarius and is known for writing several sober histories of the period In The Secret History though he lets it all out attacking his subjects with a lurid fervor unmatched by any modern day tabloid The narrator in Count Belisarius described the origins of The Secret History saying “Then Procopius in the bitterness of his heart wrote a book of libels not only upon Belisarius and my mistress Antonina but upon the Emperor himself and dead Theodora Sometimes he told the truth sometimes he distorted the facts sometimes he lied according to his vindictive purposes”That’s putting it mildly In his section on “The Tyranny of Women” Procopius makes sure that we are left with no doubt that Theodora and Antonina were wanton sluts who manipulated their husbands shamelessly and had no regard for the collateral damage wreaked on the Roman empire The conservative Procopius was no fan of powerful women in general and the Empress Theodora demanding displays of servile obeisance from patricians as she pulled Justinian’s strings made him apoplectic But in her younger days according to Procopius the future Empress could sleep with than 30 men at a single dinner party and she had a trick involving nudity barley grains and geese that it’s best not to get into on a family website Procopius doesn’t spare Emperor Justinian or Belisarius though He tells us Justinian is worse than the bubonic plague with the plague “just as many people escaped as had the misfortune to succumb either because they escaped the infection altogether or because they got over it if they happened to be infected But this man not a single person in the Roman Empire could escape” Justinian may also in fact have been a demon Justinian’s mother said she conceived him not with a man but with a demon I wonder what Byzantine birthers had to say about that Later on a witness noticed the Emperor’s head disappearing from his body while he paced the floor and then returning spontaneously to its usual location a sure sign that something was upProcopius tell us that the greedy Justinian was the worst Emperor the Roman empire has seen which is saying a lot “So that if one chose to add up all the calamities which have befallen the Romans from the beginning and to weight them against those for which Justinian was responsible I feel sure that he would find that a greater slaughter of human beings was brought about by this one man than took place in all the preceding centuries” He also blames him for floods earthuakes and the plague since he feels anyone that awful surely must have provoked divine retributionAs history books go this one may not be the most reliable but it has to be the most entertaining It makes The Twelve Caesars seem like a tame and sedate analysis I’m not sure what exactly Justinian and Theodora did to Procopius to make him so mad but he certainly has his revenge here He tells us he writes for the “enlightenment of future generations” and it turns out he gets the bonus of giving tabloid journalists something to aspire to Empress Theodora as depicted by Procopius

  4. happy happy says:

    To sum this book up this book is Peyton Place in Constantinople The person who wrote this if it was Procopius really really didn't like the royal family He accuses the empress Theodora of all kinds of sexual misdeeds before she married Justinian and the translator says they are too deviant to translate for modern readers this translation was first published in 1966 so it makes one wonder just what she was doing He has already accused her of beastialty and taking on all comers in addition to being a high class courtesan After her marriage to the Justinian the emperor who had the laws changed to allow it the author says she is fiercely faithful to him She is portrayed as the power behind the throne She is not above falsely accusing anyone who might threaten both her or the power of the emperor About her only good uality is her absolute devotion to Justinian and importantly the throne During the Nikka Riots she is the one who insists they stay and ride it outJustinian does not fair any better He is accused of being the devil's spawn and of gross corruption According to the author he is dissolute and only caring for his worldly comforts and riches He would falsely accuse almost any one to take there wealth He also not above forging will for the same purpose He is given no credit for the accomplishments of his reign the codifying of the legal code the great building projects the Hagia Sophia is just one example and lastly the reconuering of most of the Mediterranean basin for the empireAbout the person who comes out well is the general Belisarius Even then he is painted as so besotted with his wife who happens to be Theodora best friend that when he catches her in bed with her stepson he willing to disbelieve his own eyes and take no notice of itIn some ways this reads like a novel but doesn't flow well in spots The transitions also are sometimes a little clunkyAll in all an eye opening look at royal life in 6th century Constantinople 3 stars

  5. Liz Janet Liz Janet says:

    This author is the definition of this meme I am very pleased

  6. Jonfaith Jonfaith says:

    My day to day involves routine investigations regarding incidents and accidents involving the significantly disabled Most of the actual conversation is with caretakers I go home often feeling drowned in bullshit well maybe dunked with spittle some baiting in between the submersions I can handle tall tales I could listen to Dylan spin a yarn about his upbringing amongst Chippewa carnies all night long I just can’t handle the shit the demonizing It shouldn’t be surprising then that this book wasn’t fun No tales of trained geese pleasuring the nympho ueen of Byzantium could lift this from being labor The last forty percent of the account regards the rapine corruption of the regime Measure upon measure robbing the populace and all without recourse Somewhere Steven Pinker is saying see I told you it was all improving

  7. Siria Siria says:

    This is an odd odd little book It's probably the strangest ancient work of history you will ever come across In fact if it weren't for the fact that Procopius is otherwise a respected author of sixth century Byzantine history one would be inclined to dismiss this work as the work of someone who was than a little biased sex crazed and well insaneAs it is it contrasts strangely with Procopius' other works which are neutral to favourable on the subject of Justinian and Theodora the rulers of the empire at the time he was writing In The Secret History however Theodora is represented as a sex crazed infant killing harlot and Justinian we are told is uite literally the devil No one knows uite why this happened was Procopius writing the real and unvarnished truth in the hopes that his work would come down to posterity after his death? Is it a grudge piece? Is it even written by Procopius?Much of the work cannot be taken at face value; much of the rest of it has to be skimmed in distaste I really don't want to read about Theodora servicing fifty men in one night thank you so much However if that is taken into account it is still a fascinating read for someone examining some of the political attitudes and social s which permeated Byzantium at the time even if one does not believe the accusations laid at the door of the imperial couple the uestion of why these particular accusations were made against them is an interesting one to ask Worthwhile reading if you have any interest in the late Roman empire or Byzantium

  8. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Doesn't uite rank with Herodotus and definitely not close to Thucydides etc To be fair to Procopius however I probably should have read History of the Wars first This book reminds me of a score settling memoir Dick MorrisRumsfiled would write if either was serving Belisarius Anyway it was interesting even if a bit uneven and biased It is amazing what you can still glean about a culture and time from this type of history

  9. sologdin sologdin says:

    just fantastic in both senses of the term we know that we're in a reckless political polemic which accounts veracity lightly when justinian can be accused as followsAnd that he was no human being but as has been suggested some manner of demon in human form one might infer by making an estimate of the magnitude of the ills which he inflicted upon mankind For it is in the degree by which a man's deeds are surpassingly great that the power of the doer becomes evident Now to state exactly the number of those who were destroyed by him would never be possible I think for anyone soever or for God For one might uickly I think count all grains of sand than the vast number whom this Emperor destroyed But making an approximate estimate of the extent of territory which has become to be destitute of inhabitants I should say that a myriad myriad of myriads perished10000 cubed is 1000000000000 human persons 1 trillion aye? which in my reckoning is people than have existed throughout all history and prehistory up to the present moment anyone know how to count diachronicserial population rather than mere synchronicparallel population incidentally?

  10. Raimondo Lagioia Raimondo Lagioia says:

    If this book is to be judged as a hatchet job then it is a spectacular failure History has been kind to the memory of the law giver Justinian establishing him as one of the greatest caesars of the Byzantine Empire That glorious reign would have been curtailed if not for his feisty Empress Theodora who famously stood up against the danger posed by the Nika Revolt with her immortal line about the imperial purple making for a fine shroud And what about the popular General Belisarius who has time and again managed to snatch a miraculous victory against the jaws of certain defeat? Really who could argue against brilliance and success? Maybe Procopius should have toned down the hyperbole I mean why paint the emperor as an actual literal demon? Indeed the Introduction states that if all he had written were the History of the Wars he would have been regarded as a historian of the first water to be ranked among the likes of Thucydides and Herodotus The survival of this Anecdota may have been detrimental to his reputation The things a person says or writes really does reflect on his character than on the targets he tries to malign But if viewed as poisonous pseudo historic psogos then it blossoms into something uite exceptional The fervid detailing of unspeakable crimes sordid passions murderous rapacity incompetence corruption perfidy chicanery and all manner of brazen wickedness is nothing short of inspired As a prose stylist Procopius holds his own against other historians He weaves a mesmerizing tale of ultimate power wedded to the purest evil intent on fomenting calamities misery and bloodshed The latter sections of the second and the entire third part are admittedly rather dry though dealing with administrative judicial and fiscal skullduggery In the end well they do say that there's no smoke without fire The uestion is how much smoke was there really? How much of these were lies with a view to besmirching its subjects' names in the face of posterity? If only we can get ahold of a few Constantinopolitans of the 6th century AD and listen to the whispered gossip being bandied about in the markets in the taverns 7510; 4 stars

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