Online Medieval Sources Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography of Printed and Online Primary Sources for the Middle Ages

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Dewing, H.B., trans., History of the Wars (London: William Heinemann Ltd.) Read this source online

Text name(s): History of the Wars; Justinian's Wars

Number of pages of primary source text: 0


Dates: 517 - 552

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Original Language(s): 

  • Greek


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Byzantium
  • Turkey


Record Types: 

  • Chronicle, Annals

Subject Headings: 

  • Byzantium
  • Government
  • Historiography
  • War - Military History



Procopius was a scholar during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, and he wrote several historical works, including an eight-book history of the wars fought by Justinian. Justinian I was among the most important Byzantine Emperors: during his reign, the Byzantine Empire enjoyed an all-too-short golden era: the boundaries were expanded, the law was codified, and many lavish buildings were built. Justinian’s general, Belisarius, led the Byzantine armies through an impressive series of conquests. Procopius’s accounts of the wars, which are divided into eight books, are considered an accurate and reliable source: not only did he know Justinian and Belisarius personally, he also travelled on many of the military campaigns.

Six of the eight books are available on Project Gutenberg: * I, II: * III, IV: * V, VI:

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Cataloger: MK