Primary sources for Byzantine history in the sixth century

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Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 1, Books 1-2: The Persian War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition)
1.  Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 1, Books 1-2: The Persian War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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  "Prokopios is the essential source for the reign of Justinian. It is available in seven volumes in the Loeb Classical Library. The translation is old, but complete and remains good today. All of these volumes have the Greek text."
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Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 2, Books 3-4: Vandalic War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition)
2.  Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 2, Books 3-4: Vandalic War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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  "Deals with Belisarios' campaign in Africa against the Vandals."
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Procopius, Vol. 3, Books 5-6.15: History of the Wars (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition)
3.  Procopius, Vol. 3, Books 5-6.15: History of the Wars (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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  "First volume of the war against the Goths in Italy. Spends a lot of time dealing with the background to the conflict and the Gothic siege of Rome."
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Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 4, Books 6.16-7.35: Gothic War (Loeb Classical Library, No. 173) (English and Greek Edition)
4.  Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 4, Books 6.16-7.35: Gothic War (Loeb Classical Library, No. 173) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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  "Continuation of the Gothic War in Italy."
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Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 5, Books 7.36-8: Gothic War (Loeb Classical Library, No. 217) (English and Greek Edition)
5.  Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 5, Books 7.36-8: Gothic War (Loeb Classical Library, No. 217) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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Procopius, Vol. 6: The Anecdota or Secret History (Loeb Classical Library, No. 290) (English and Greek Edition)
6.  Procopius, Vol. 6: The Anecdota or Secret History (Loeb Classical Library, No. 290) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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  "Prokopios' scandalous treatment of Justinian and Theodora. An essential companion to 'The Wars' and 'The Buildings'."
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Procopius, Vol. 7: On Buildings, General Index (Loeb Classical Library, No. 343) (English and Greek Edition)
7.  Procopius, Vol. 7: On Buildings, General Index (Loeb Classical Library, No. 343) (English and Greek Edition) by Procopius
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  "A list of Justinian's building achievements. Includes a description of the Hagia Sophia when it was first built. Can be rather tedious to just pick and read, though."
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The Secret History, with Related Texts
8.  The Secret History, with Related Texts by Procopius
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  "A recent translation of Prokopios' 'Anekdota' by the eminent Anthony Kaldellis. Includes some other useful texts from Justinian's legal works as well as contextual snippets from Prokopios' 'History of the Wars'."
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The Secret History (Penguin Classics)
9.  The Secret History (Penguin Classics) by Procopius
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  "Penguin edition of the 'Secret History'. Now eclipsed by Kaldellis' text."
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Chronicle of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians)
10.  Chronicle of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians) by the Stylite Joshua
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  "An early-6th century history centered on Edessa that provides a lot of information on daily urban life in the Roman east."
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Ioannis Antiocheni Fragmenta Ex Historia Chronica...: Introduzione, Edizione Critica... (Texte Und Untersuchungen Zur Geschichte der Altchristlichen) (Multilingual Edition)
11.  Ioannis Antiocheni Fragmenta Ex Historia Chronica...: Introduzione, Edizione Critica... (Texte Und Untersuchungen Zur Geschichte der Altchristlichen) (Multilingual Edition) by of Antioch John
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  "The fragments of John of Antioch's history. While the reign of Justinian is rather bare, there are some substantial sections on Anastasius. In Greek and Italian."
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The History of Theophylact Simocatta: An English Translation with Introduction (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints)
12.  The History of Theophylact Simocatta: An English Translation with Introduction (Oxford University Press academic monograph reprints) by Theophylactus Simocatta
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  "Essential classicizing history of the reign of the emperor Maurikios (582-602) and the end of the sixth-century."
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The Ecclesiastical History of Evagrius Scholasticus (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians)
13.  The Ecclesiastical History of Evagrius Scholasticus (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians) by Scholasticus Evagrius
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  "A late sixth-century ecclesiastical source."
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The Histories (Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae)
14.  The Histories (Corpus Fontium Historiae Byzantinae) by Agathias
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  "The continuator of Prokopios details the end of the wars in Italy and in Lazika."
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The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu: Translated from Zotenberg's Ethiopic Text (Christian Roman Empire)
15.  The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu: Translated from Zotenberg's Ethiopic Text (Christian Roman Empire) by R. H. Charles
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  "A seventh-century Ethiopic source focused on Egypt. Quite useful for the Arab conquest of Egypt."
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The History of Menander the Guardsman: Introductory Essay, Text, Translation and Historiographical Notes (ARCA 17)
16.  The History of Menander the Guardsman: Introductory Essay, Text, Translation and Historiographical Notes (ARCA 17) by Protector Menander
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Chronicon Paschale 284-628 (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians)
17.  Chronicon Paschale 284-628 (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians) by Michael Whitby
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  "Another seventh-century world chronicle that has some useful sections for the sixth century."
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The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor: Byzantine and Near Eastern History, AD 284-813
18.  The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor: Byzantine and Near Eastern History, AD 284-813 by the Confessor Theophanes
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  "A ninth-century chronicle that is famously unreliable, but at least Mango's edition has excellent notes."
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The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor: Church and War in Late Antiquity (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians)
19.  The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor: Church and War in Late Antiquity (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians) by Cornelia B. Horn
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  "A sixth-century Syriac chronicle that runs from the Council of Chalcedon in 451 to the early years of the reign of Justinian."
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Three Political Voices from the Age of Justinian: Agapetus - Advice to the Emperor, Dialogue on Political Science, Paul the Silentiary - Description of Hagia Sophia (Translated Texts for Historians)
20.  Three Political Voices from the Age of Justinian: Agapetus - Advice to the Emperor, Dialogue on Political Science, Paul the Silentiary - Description of Hagia Sophia (Translated Texts for Historians) by Peter Bell
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The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars AD 363-628 (Pt. 2)
21.  The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars AD 363-628 (Pt. 2) by Geoffrey Greatrex
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  "A great sourcebook focusing on the eastern frontier, it is particularly useful due to the Armenian, Arabic, and Syriac texts that can be difficult or impossible to find in translation elsewhere."
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The Digest of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage, and Insult (Penguin Classics)
22.  The Digest of Roman Law: Theft, Rapine, Damage, and Insult (Penguin Classics) by Justinian I, Emperor of the East
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  "A Penguin classics translation of some of Justinian's legal works."
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Procopius of Caesarea: Tyranny, History, and Philosophy at the End of Antiquity
23.  Procopius of Caesarea: Tyranny, History, and Philosophy at the End of Antiquity by Anthony Kaldellis
The list author says:
  "Not a primary source, but an essential text for reading the most important historian of the age of Justinian."
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Procopius and the Sixth Century
24.  Procopius and the Sixth Century by Averil Cameron
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  "Also not a primary source, but another essential read for understanding Procopius."
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Pseudo-Dionysius of Tel-Mahre: Chronicle, Part III (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians)
25.  Pseudo-Dionysius of Tel-Mahre: Chronicle, Part III (Liverpool University Press - Translated Texts for Historians) by Witold Witakowski
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  "Although it's an eighth-century chronicle, this particular volume runs chronologically from the accession of Anastasius I in 491 to the death of Justinian in 565."
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The Digest of Justinian, Volume 1
26.  The Digest of Justinian, Volume 1 by Alan Watson
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