Procopius' Wars of Justinian

Procopius' Wars of Justinian

Course Description: Justinian's reign from 527-565 was a time of immense movement for the Roman Empire. Amazingly, the era produced a major historian, Procopius, who wrote the history of his own times. This Telepaideia course will read his histories of the wars of Justinian, a work of grand historiography in the tradition of Herodotus and Thucydides. The plan is to read the work slowly in Greek in order to hone our Greek skill at the same time as we come to understand better Procopius and his account of his times. Each session we will read his Greek, render it into our own English as best we can, and talk about anything of interest to the group. This term we start at the beginning of the work.


Level: Intermediate-Advanced Greek Reading.

Textbook: Instructor will provide materials.

Sections capped at: 5 students. If the course is sold-out, please fill out this waiting-list form.

Thursdays, 9:00p.m. U.S. Eastern Time


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David Hewett

David Hewett is Paideia’s Outreach Manager for Classical Tours, as well as instructor in Telepaideia. He has an M.A. in Classics (2009) from the University of Virginia and began a dissertation there on Seneca’s Epistulae Morales, before starting his position at Paideia. He has been a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens (2011-12), a student at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Spring 2005), and holds a B.A. in Classical Studies from Dickinson College (2006). In addition to this formal education, he studied with Reginald Foster in Rome (2006-07). He lives in Philadelphia.