By Procopius Procopius
Прокопий Кесарийский (между 490 г. и 507 г., в городе Кесария, — после 562 г.), знаменитый византийский писатель. Из сенаторской аристократии. В 527 г. стал советником полководца Велисария. Прокопий участвовал в походах против персов, вандалов и остготов. В официозных сочинениях — «Истории войн» императора Юстиниана I, в eight книгах (1-2 книги «Война с персами», 3-4 «Война с вандалами» и 5-8 «Война с готами», завершено в 553 г., основано на личных впечатлениях) и «О постройках» (553—555 гг., описание строительства при Юстиниане I) — Прокопий прославлял императора Юстиниана I. Однако, Прокопий также написал памфлет, направленный против него и его жены Феодоры («Тайная история», около 550). Литературным образцом для Прокопия служил историк Фукидид. Сочинения Прокопия — важнейший источник по истории Византии и соседних государств конца V — VI вв., в том числе по истории славянских вторжений на Балканы.
Из семи томов сочинений Прокопия Кесарийского изданных в серии «The Loeb Classical Library» «Истории войн» включена в первые пять томов (другие сочинения Прокопия — в VI томе «Тайная история» и в VII томе «О постройках»).
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Iv. 20-28 the wife of Maxirnus that her husband bade her come as quickly as possible to the palace to salute And she^ judging by the ring the queen Eudoxia. that the message was from Maxirnus^ entered her litter and was conveyed to the emperor's court. And she was received by those who had been assigned this service by the emperor^ and led into a certain room far removed from the women's apartments^ where Valentinian met her and forced her, much against her will. And she, after the outrage, went to her husband's house weeping and feeling the deepest possible grief because of her misfortune, and she cast many curses upon Maximus as having proMaximus, vided the cause for what had been done.
Accordingly sent to Spain those who were his own most intimate friends and gained the adherence of each of the sons of Godigisclus on terms of complete equality, it being agreed that each one of the three, holding a former was still a child temper_, while Gizeric third part of Libya, should rule over his own subjects; come against any one of them make war, that they should in common ward but if a foe should to off On the basis of this agreement the the aggressors. Vandals crossed the strait at Gadira and came into Libya, and the Visigoths in later times settled in Spain.
9-17 for the thne he considered wise For as counsel turned out for him to be folly. fortunes change, men are always accustomed to and that which change with them their judgments regarding what been planned in the past. And among the Libyans all who happened to be men of note and conspicuous for their wealth he handed over as slaves, together with their estates and all their money, to For Theodorus, the his sons Honoric and Genzon. youngest son, had died already, being altogether without offspring, either male or female.