USU 1320: History and Civilization
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A Guide To Writing in History and Classics
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In the preface to his edition of The Anecdota, A. Boak gives some sage advice to those evaluating the historicity of Procopius' rendition of Theodora's early life: ". . . we must be careful to examine each charge (against Theodora) separately, for although the facts are usually as Procopius states them, his explanations of the actions taken are frequently distorted by his animosity. This animosity explains the unsavory account of Theodora's early life in Constantinople, which degenerates into pure pornography obviously based on the type of malicious gossip that defies verification. This is not to say that Theodora led a blameless early life, although her later years gave no cause for censure and her conduct as empress was dignified, shrewd, courageous, and humane."

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