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Works of Procopius of Caesarea (14 vols.)

by Procopius

Macmillan Co., Harvard University Press 1914–19414

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Overview

Procopius of Caesarea is regarded as one of the last major historians of the ancient world. He is best known as the chronicler of Byzantine emperor Justinian’s attempts to restore the empire to its former glory. Procopius’ History of the Wars, written in eight books, is an eye-witness account of the military campaigns and the primary source of history on the reign of Emperor Justinian (AD 527–565).

This collection includes the complete History of the Wars. It also contains Procopius’ well-known The Anecdota or Secret History, which details political scandals during Justinian’s reign. Due to the text’s nature, it is believed that Procopius was unable to release the work until Justinian died. The collection is completed with On Buildings, in which Procopius details every public building in the empire. This book is a wealth of information for anyone who wishes to understand the Byzantine Empire’s internal administration.

This collection contains the complete texts in their Loeb Classical Library editions. Each text is included in its original Greek, with an English translation for side-by-side comparison. Use Logos’ language tools to go deeper into the Greek text with linked translations, definitions, and pronunciation tools. You can also use the dictionary lookup tool to examine difficult English words. Quick and easy access to definitions and lexical information allows you to follow historical events like never before.

Key Features

  • Key works of Procopius in both English and Greek
  • Eye-witness accounts of the wars fought during Justinian’s reign (AD 527–565)
  • Loeb Classical Library editions

Individual Titles

Procopius, vol. 1: History of the Wars

  • Author: Procopius
  • Translator: H. B. Dewing
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 292

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains H. B. Dewing’s English translations of books 1 and 2, which recount the Persian wars. Procopius details the conflict between the Romans and Sassanid Persia in Mesopotamia, Syria, Armenia, Lazica, and Caucasian Iberia. Procopius also writes about the “Nika” revolt in Constantinople in AD 532.

Procopius, vol. 1: History of the Wars: Greek Text

  • Author: Procopius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1914
  • Pages: 292

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

This volume contains the Greek text of books 1 and 2, which recount the Persian wars. Procopius details the conflict between the Romans and Sassanid Persia in Mesopotamia, Syria, Armenia, Lazica, and Caucasian Iberia. Procopius also writes about the “Nika” revolt in Constantinople in AD 532.

Procopius, vol. 2: History of the Wars

  • Author: Procopius
  • Translator: H. B. Dewing
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 244

This volume contains H. B. Dewing’s English translations of books 3 and 4, which recount the war waged against the Vandal kingdom in Roman Africa.

Procopius, vol. 2: History of the Wars: Greek Text

  • Author: Procopius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1916
  • Pages: 244

This volume contains the Greek text of books 3 and 4, which recount the war waged against the Vandal kingdom in Roman Africa.

Procopius, vol. 3: History of the Wars

  • Author: Procopius
  • Translator: H. B. Dewing
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1919
  • Pages: 226

This volume contains H. B. Dewing’s English translations of books 5 and 6. In these books, Procopius begins his description of the struggle against the Goths in Italy.

Procopius, vol. 3: History of the Wars: Greek Text

  • Author: Procopius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Publication Date: 1919
  • Pages: 226

This volume contains the Greek text of books 5 and 6. In these books, Procopius begins his description of the struggle against the Goths in Italy.

Procopius, vol. 4: History of the Wars

  • Author: Procopius
  • Translator: H. B. Dewing
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1924
  • Pages: 245

This volume contains H. B. Dewing’s English translations of the rest of book 6 and 7. Procopius continues his description of the struggle against the Goths in Italy, including General Belisarius’ campaigns to recapture Italy. This volume also features accounts of the sieges of Naples and Rome.

Procopius, vol. 4: History of the Wars: Greek Text

  • Author: Procopius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1924
  • Pages: 245

This volume contains the Greek text of the rest of book 6 and 7. Procopius continues his description of the struggle against the Goths in Italy, including General Belisarius’ campaigns to recapture Italy. This volume also features accounts of the sieges of Naples and Rome.

Procopius, vol. 5: History of the Wars

  • Author: Procopius
  • Translator: H. B. Dewing
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1928
  • Pages: 220

This volume contains H. B. Dewing’s English translations of the rest of book 7 and book 8. In book 8, Procopius provides a general account of events in different parts of the empire.

Procopius, vol. 5: History of the Wars: Greek Text

  • Author: Procopius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1928
  • Pages: 220

This volume contains the Greek text of the rest of book 7 and book 8. In book 8, Procopius provides a general account of events in different parts of the empire.

Procopius, vol. 6: The Anecdota or Secret History

  • Author: Procopius
  • Translator: H. B. Dewing
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1935
  • Pages: 208

This volume contains H. B. Dewing’s English translation of The Anecdota or Secret History. In this work, Procopius writes about the political scandal that occurred in the Byzantine court during Justinian’s reign (AD 527–565), including the depravity of Justinian and his family, and the weakness of General Belisarius. In the words of H. B. Dewing, in this text, Procopius “displays to us one of the blackest pictures ever set down in writing.” It is believed that Procopius did not make this work public until after Justinian’s death in AD 565.

Procopius, vol. 6: The Anecdota or Secret History: Greek Text

  • Author: Procopius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1935
  • Pages: 208

This volume contains the Greek text of The Anecdota or Secret History. In this work, Procopius writes about the political scandal that occurred in the Byzantine court during Justinian’s reign (AD 527–565), including the depravity of Justinian and his family, and the weakness of General Belisarius. In the words of H. B. Dewing, in this text, Procopius “displays to us one of the blackest pictures ever set down in writing.” It is believed that Procopius did not make this work public until after Justinian’s death in AD 565.

Procopius, vol. 7: On Buildings

  • Author: Procopius
  • Translator: H. B. Dewing and Glanville Downey
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1940
  • Pages: 284

This volume contains H. B. Dewing’s English translation of On Buildings. In this work, Procopius lauds Justinian, writing an account of all of the public buildings of Justinian’s reign in every district of the empire. On Buildings is a record of great importance, as it is a wealth of information concerning the empire’s internal administration.

Procopius, vol. 7: On Buildings: Greek Text

  • Author: Procopius
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co.
  • Publication Date: 1940
  • Pages: 284

This volume contains the Greek text of On Buildings. In this work, Procopius lauds Justinian, writing an account of all of the public buildings of Justinian’s reign in every district of the empire. On Buildings is a record of great importance, as it is a wealth of information concerning the empire’s internal administration.

Product Details

  • Title: Works of Procopius of Caesarea
  • Author: Procopius
  • Translators: H. B. Dewing and Glanville Downey
  • Series: Loeb Classical Library
  • Publisher: Macmillan Co., G. P. Putnam’s Sons, and Harvard University Press
  • Volumes: 14
  • Pages: 3,438

About Procopius

Procopius (AD 500–565) was born in the city of Caesarea in Palestine. As a young man, Procopius traveled to Constantinople. In AD 527 he was appointed legal advisor and private secretary to General Belisarius, who was serving on the staff of General Justinian. Shortly after, Justinian became the sole emperor of the Romans. Justinian sought to retake the lost western half of the Roman Empire, and instigated military campaigns to do so. Procopius followed Belisarius on campaigns in Africa, Italy, and the East, recording accounts in what would later become History of the Wars.