Looking at Her: Prokopios Rhetor and the Representation of Empress Theodora

  • Anne McClanan
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


The medieval textual record of the Empress Theodora voices many perspectives, yet the work of the sixth-century historian Prokopios overwhelms our contemporary image of her, as the quote by Gibbon illustrates. Prokopios wrote an account of Justinianic building and military history, but his most widely read work is the so-called Secret History, the Anekdota in Greek. Even its tantalizing modern name, the Secret History, bespeaks the special status of this text, which now must be balanced against a fuller consideration of other sources for the period.


Military History Byzantine Period Imperial Identity Imperial Rule Contemporary Image 
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