Procopius of Caesareea’s “History of Wars” and the Expression of Emotions in Early Byzantium Cover Image

Procopius of Caesareea’s “History of Wars” and the Expression of Emotions in Early Byzantium
Procopius of Caesareea’s “History of Wars” and the Expression of Emotions in Early Byzantium

Author(s): Ecaterina Lung
Subject(s): History, Middle Ages, 6th to 12th Centuries
Published by: Asociația de Istorie Balcanică
Keywords: Byzantium; Procopius; Emotions; Fear; Anger;

Summary/Abstract: The representation of emotions in Early Byzantine historical texts is still a field rich in potential for further investigations and interpretations. In this article, we aim to approach just a small section of this, looking at how some specific emotions: fear, love, anger, sorrow and joy, and their particular expressions, appear in Procopius' History of Wars. We look particularly at manifestations of emotions depicted in military and political contexts and ask how and why these fitted with societal norms and expectations, what were the gender specificities, real or imagined, of expressing emotions.

  • Issue Year: 5/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-24
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English