This book is a translation of what a scribe has worked on during his lifetime: a description of tyranny and corruption of the Byzantine establishment under the rule of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora, as well as the schemes of Antonina against Belisarius, her husband who was a celebrated general. Unable to publish this work during his lifetime, Procopious was a trusted member of the Byzantine empire whose official works glorify the deeds of the Emperor Justinian while secretly planning a written assault exposing the horrific tyranny and corruption of the regime. This revised edition of G.A. Williamson's lively translation includes an introduction by Peter Sarris discussing Procopious' life and the versatility and craftsmanship of his writings. This volume also includes further reading, a chronology, a genealogy, maps and notes.