Topics: Roman Empire, Ancient Rome, Roman law Pages: 4 (1158 words) Published: December 3, 2012
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Justinian The Emperor
The Secret History is an extremely rare historical document that takes an inside investigation of the crimes of the Roman Empire in the sixth century. It explains the government that was determined to undermine the basic fundamental set of laws through corruption, abuse, and intolerance. The Secret History by Prokopios, is most notably directed at the reign of tyrant leaders; Justinian and his wife Theodora. Prokopios’ writings display many concerns relating to the decay of moral standards, the rise of corruption, and the promotion of incompetent men and women in Byzantine society. Prokopios’ concerns for this society are outlined through Belisarios’ expensive affection to Antonina, Justinians and Theodoras disregard to Roman laws, and the bloody impact from unqualified militant power.

Belisarios was an unfit general for the Roman Empire who saw his life quickly become destroyed through the corruption of his wife, Antonina and Theodora. Belisarios saw his misfortune crumble as soon as he set eyes on Antonina. Antonina came from a family of poverty, deceit, and lies. She found lust in just about everything she laid eyes on and was an extremely dishonest wife. Although Belsarios knew of her lustrous background, he still fell madly in love with her. He knew she cheated on him but still bent over backwards for her love. Their marriage helped gain Antonina power in the empire, power which was used for her selfish desires. Corruption soon flared as Antonina was caught sleeping with her son. The news of this enraged Belsarios but his cowardly personality wouldn’t believe the news. His mental weakness illustrates the incompetency of a very important leader for the Roman Empire. In contrast, his evil ridden wife completely dominated and emasculated control over Belsarios. Prokopios writes, “For it is in fact not blood but deeds that typically determine how much affection people will have for each other…Remember that sins...
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