Procopius, Anecdota, or Secret History

LCL 290: 2-3

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Procopius of Caesarea

ΠΡΟΚΟΠΙΟΥ ΚΑΙΣΑΡΕΩΣ

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B 10α΄. Ὅσα μὲν οὖν Ῥωμαίων τῷ γένει ἐν τοῖς1 πολέμοις ἄχρι δεῦρο ξυνηνέχθη γενέσθαι τῇδέ μοι δεδιήγηται, ᾗπερ δυνατὸν ἐγεγόνει τῶν πράξεων τὰς δηλώσεις ἁπάσας ἐπὶ καιρῶν τε καὶ χωρίων τῶν ἐπιτηδείων ἁρμοσαμένῳ· τὰ δὲ ἐνθένδε2 οὐκέτι μοι τρόπῳ τῷ εἰρημένῳ ξυγκείσεται, ἐπεὶ ἐνταῦθα γεγράψεται πάντα, ὁπόσα δὴ τετύχηκε γενέσθαι πανταχόθι τῆς Ῥωμαίων 2ἀρχῆς. αἴτιον δέ, ὅτι δὴ οὐχ οἷόν τε ἦν περιόντων P 2ἔτι τῶν αὐτὰ εἰργασμένων ὅτῳ δεῖ ἀναγράφεσθαι τρόπῳ. οὔτε γὰρ διαλαθεῖν πλήθη κατασκόπων οἷόν τε ἦν οὔτε φωραθέντα3 μὴ ἀπολωλέναι θανάτῳ οἰκτίστῳ· οὐδὲ γὰρ ἐπὶ τῶν συγγενῶν τοῖς γε οἰκειοτάτοις τὸ θαρρεῖν εἶχον. 3ἀλλὰ καὶ πολλῶν τῶν ἐν τοῖς ἔμπροσθεν λόγοις εἰρημένων ἀποκρύψασθαι τὰς αἰτίας ἠναγκάσθην. τά τε4 οὖν5 τέως ἄρρητα μείναντα καὶ τῶν ἔμπροσθεν δεδηλωμένων ἐνταῦθά μοι τοῦ λόγου τὰς αἰτίας σημῆναι δεήσει.

B 11 4Ἀλλά μοι ἐς ἀγώνισιν ἑτέραν ἰόντι χαλεπήν

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Anecdota

Procopius of Caesarea

The Anecdota or Secret History

i. All that has befallen the Roman Nation in its wars up to the present day has been narrated by me,1 as far as it proved possible, on the plan of arranging all the accounts of its activities in accordance with their proper time and place. Henceforth, however, this plan of composition will be followed by me no longer, for here shall be set down everything that came to pass in every part of the Roman Empire. The reason for this is that it was not possible, as long as the actors were still alive, for these things to be recorded in the way they should have been. For neither was it possible to elude the vigilance of multitudes of spies, nor, if detected, to escape a most cruel death. Indeed, I was unable to feel confidence even in the most intimate of my kinsmen. Nay, more, in the case of many of the events described in the previous narrative I was compelled to conceal the causes which led up to them. It will therefore be necessary for me in this book to disclose, not only those things which have hitherto remained undivulged, but also the causes of those occurrences which have already been described.

As I turn, however, to a new endeavour which is

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.procopius-anecdota_secret_history.1935