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ty of the conquerors, and when they left the city, recovered and successfully defended it against them. (Procop. Goth. 3.13-24.) His career was again cut short by the intrigues of the Byzantine court, and after a brief campaign in Lucania, he returned from Italy, Sept. A. D. 548 (Procop. Goth. 3.29-32), and left his victories to be completed by his rival Narses in the complete overthrow of the Ostrogothic kingdom, and the establishment of the exarchate of Ravenna. (Procop. Goth. 4.21-35.) (A. D. 549-554.) The last victory of Belisarius was gained in repelling an inroad of the Bulgarians, A. D. 559. (Agath. Fist. 5.15-20; Theophanes, pp. 198,199.) In A. D. 563 he was accused of a conspiracy against the life of Justinian, and his fortune was sequestered. All that is certain after this is, that he died on the 13th of March, A. D. 565. (Theophanes pp. 160, 162.) It is remarkable that whilst his life is preserved to us with more than usual accuracy--by the fact of the historian Procopi
by Arnoldus Vesaliensis, together with the eight books of the History and Zosimus, Basel, 1576, fol.; by David Hoeschel, Graece, ad calcem "Historiarum," Augsburg, 1607, fol. 3. *)Ane/kdota *)Ane/kdota, Historia Arcana, a collection of anecdotes, some of them witty and pleasant, but others most indecent, and sometimes absurd, reflecting upon Justinian, the empress Theodora, Belisarius, and other eminent persons. It is a complete Chronique Scandaleuse of the court of Constantinople, from A. D. 549 till 562. The authorship of Procopius has been much doubted, partly because his contemporaries do not mention it, and partly because such a production can hardly be reconciled with the character of a grave historian and statesman. However, the first writer who attributed this work to Procopius, namely Suidas (s. v. *Proko/pios), does so in a verve positive manner, and adds that it had until then not been issued for circulation, which, indeed, it was not fit for. Montesquieu and Gibbon both