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Procopius of Caesarea
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Nearly all that is known about the career of the historian Procopius (c. 500–c. 560 CE) emerges from his own works. It is clear from these that he was born in Caesarea, Palestine (Caesarea in Palestine), and became a lawyer. The wealth of his family evidently ensured access to a traditional education in the classics, in the course of which he may have spent time in the nearby city of Gaza, whose rhetoricians – such as Procopius and Choricius of Gaza – were flou…

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Greatrex, Geoffrey, “Procopius of Caesarea”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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