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The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [Paperback]
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Excerpt: ...of one of those by whom he was surrounded, so that those who had been injured by such resolutions did not know to whom to apply. Those who were called A Secretis,12 and had from very ancient times fulfilled the duty of writing the secret dispatches of the Emperor, were no longer allowed to retain their privileges; for he himself wrote them nearly all, even the sentences of the municipal magistrates, no one throughout the Roman world being permitted to administer justice with a free hand. He took everything upon himself with unreasoning arrogance, and so managed cases that were to be decided, that, after he had heard one of the litigants, he immediately pronounced his verdict and obliged them to submit to it, acting in accordance with no law or principle of justice, but being evidently overpowered by shameful greed. For the Emperor was not ashamed to take bribes, since his avarice had deprived him of all feelings of shame. It frequently happened that the decrees of the Senate and the edicts of the Emperor were opposed to each other; for the Senate was as it were but an empty shadow, without the power of giving its vote or of keeping up its dignity; it was assembled merely for form's sake and in order to keep up an ancient custom, for none of its members were allowed to utter a single word. But the Emperor and his consort took upon themselves the consideration of questions that were to be discussed, and whatever resolutions they came to between themselves prevailed. If he whose cause had been victorious had any doubt as to the legality of his success, all he had to do was to make a present of gold to the Emperor, who immediately promulgated a law contrary to all those formerly in force. If, again, anyone else desired the revival of the law that had been repealed, the autocrat did not disdain to revoke the existing order of things and to reestablish it. There was nothing stable in his authority, but the balance of justice inclined to one side or the... *Author: Procopius *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 42 *Publication Date: 2012/08/08 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.69 x 7.44 x 0.09 inches
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The Secret History of the Court of Justinian (Paperback)
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ISBN

9781153720335

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

Publisher

General Books

Pages

78

List Price

$17.14

Author

Procopius

Publication Date

03/04/2010

Release Status

In Print

Format

Paperback

Language

English

Measurements

Height: 9 Inches (US)

Width: 6 Inches (US)

Thickness: 0.5 Inches (US)

Unit Weight: 0.3 Pounds (US)

 
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