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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Straightway, then, Pacurius heaped reproach and abuse upon both Arsaces and Bassicius, because, disregarding the sworn compact, they had so speedily turned their thoughts toward secession. They, however, denied the charge, and swore most insistently that no such thing had been considered by them. At first, therefore, Pacurius kept them under guard in disgrace, but after a time he enquired of the Magi what should be done with them. Now the Magi ; deemed it by no means just to condemn men who denied their guilt and had not been explicitly found guilty, but they suggested to him an artifice by which Arsaces himself might be compelled to become openly his own accuser.

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