History of the Wars, Books I and II

The Persian War

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Author: Procopius (Procopius of Caesarea)
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,998 / 274 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.6
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,806
Added to site: 2005.09.28
mnybks.net#: 11240
Genres: History, War
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ver stands in the way, shield and corselet alike having no power to check its force. Still there are those who take into consideration none of these things, who reverence and worship the ancient times, and give no credit to modern improvements. But no such consideration will prevent the conclusion that most great and notable deeds have been performed in these wars. And the history of them will begin at some distance back, telling of the fortunes in war of the Romans and the Medes, their reverses and their successes.

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[408 A.D.] When the Roman Emperor Arcadius was at the point of death in Byzantium, having a malechild, Theodosius, who was still unweaned, he felt grave fears not only for him but for the government as well, not knowing how he should provide wisely for both. For he perceived that, if he provided a partner in government for Theodosius, he would in fact be destroying his own son by bringing forward against him a foe clothed in the regal power; while if he set him alone over the empire, man

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