The Danger of the soft life: manly and unmanly Romans in Procopius's Gothic War

Stewart, Michael E. (2017) The Danger of the soft life: manly and unmanly Romans in Procopius's Gothic War. Journal of Late Antiquity, 10 2: 473-502. doi:10.1353/jla.2017.0025


Author Stewart, Michael E.
Title The Danger of the soft life: manly and unmanly Romans in Procopius's Gothic War
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The Danger of the soft life: manly and unmanly Romans in Procopius's Gothic War
Journal name Journal of Late Antiquity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1939-6716
1942-1273
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1353/jla.2017.0025
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 473
End page 502
Total pages 30
Place of publication Baltimore, MD, United States
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Language eng
Abstract Procopius's Secret History has attracted the attention of a generation of social historians. Yet, the significant, albeit subtler ways, in which gender colors Procopius's most significant work, the Wars, has received far less notice. Seeking to address this imbalance, the present study examines how gender shapes Procopius's presentation of the Goths, East Romans, and Italo–Romans in his Wars. Rather than uncovering the Goths, Byzantines, and Italians "as they really were," this paper seeks to unearth some of the purpose and reasoning behind Procopius's gendered depictions and ethnicizing worldview. A careful investigation of Procopius's discussions about the manly and unmanly provides crucial insights into not just the larger narrative but also the historian's knotty authorial agenda. Despite the Gothic War's reliance on classical ethnic and gender patterns, Procopius did not compose his history in a vacuum. Indeed, the gendered discourse, which undergirds much of the Wars, must be understood within the broader context of the political debates reverberating around the late antique Mediterranean at a time when control of Italy from Constantinople was contested.
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Institutional Status UQ

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