The Miaphysites have tended to regard Theodora as one of their own and the tradition may have been invented as a way to improve her reputation and is also in conflict with what is told by the contemporary Miaphysite historian John of Ephesus. A historical novel, about Theodora's years as empress. This pipe dream of reconnecting the Eastern and Western empires spelled much hardship and soaring taxes, leading to many a riot and even once to the burning of the capital itself. But she soon failed to please. While Justinian might use the carrot-and-stick approach to combat Monophysitism, Theodora championed their cause both openly and in secret. Her campaign for sole possession of the throne accelerated in the next stages of her reign. The opposition of Greece towards Macedonia only reinforces our resolve to survive and triumph.
I still don't understand her blind hatreds, and how they exist This is one of the odder biographies I have read. If you wish to save yourself, my lord, there is no difficulty. I began looking for books about her and information on the web. Theodora's time with Hecebolus was short, and in less than a year, and she moved on to Alexandria, Egypt. By all accounts, fans of her bawdy act were legion, and she leveraged her popularity in whatever way s Theodora's meager beginnings as the daughter of a bear-keeper could not have foretold her astonishing future as the wife of Justinian, the powerful ruler of the Byzantine empire. History remembers Theodora as an empress who fought for women rights and passed laws to prohibit the trafficking of young girls.
Its particular targets are Belisarius, his wife, Antonina, Justinian, and Theodora. I feel I both do and don't know her better than I did before. . There was nothing she could do but wait at home in Argos Mycenae , hoping he'd be killed in the war. University of Wisconsin Press, 1966.
This book tries to paint a fair and balanced picture of Theodora and it does that well. Justinian is depicted as cruel, venal, prodigal and incompetent; as for Theodora, the reader is treated to a detailed and titillating portrayal of vulgarity and insatiable lust, combined with shrewish and calculating mean-spiritedness; Procopius even claims both are demons whose heads were seen to leave their bodies and roam the palace at night. She also mitigated the persecution of non-Orthodox Christians within the empire. The first, Comito, had already become distinguished among the prostitutes of her age group. Museum of Ancient Art in the in ,. When she was 12, Theodora began acting with her older sister, Comito. How she should be ranked for statecraft remains an open question.
The all-important chariot races were sponsored by organizations, or factions, two of which, the Blues and the Greens, attained significant political power. The rioters proclaimed that the nephew of the previous emperor, Hypatius be made the new king. Monophysitism held that Christ had but one nature, a composite divine-human one. Theodora also advocated the rights of married women to commit , and the rights of women to be socially serviced, helping to advance protections and delights for them; and was also something of a voice for and the downtrodden. Procopius' , written about the same time as the Secret History, is a which paints Justinian and Theodora as a pious couple and presents particularly flattering portrayals of them. The reader of Procopius' appraisal of Theodora Anek. From a poor family—and a girl at that! Her contemporary writes about Theodora in his Lives of the Eastern Saints as the daughter of a pious priest.
It was during this time that Theodora caught the attention of Justinian, who was at that point of time the heir to the Byzantine throne. Upon his arrival, Theodora introduced him to the new patriarch Anthimus, who had been appointed to the see of Constantinople upon the death of Epiphanius in 535. But that one who has been emperor should become an exile I cannot bear. One could argue, as the Chalcedonians did, that Theodora fostered heresy and thus undermined the unity of Christendom. He repeated it without malice. For instance, rather than preventing forced prostitution as in Buildings 1.
Her mother's name is lost to history. Thus, the French were fighting themselves as much as the English. These factions staged additional entertainments for the crowds, including animal contests and stage plays. A mosaic-like halo is embroidered on the runner, the plate resting in its center, which references the halo in the Ravenna mosaic and associates Theodora with both her imperial reign and her religious work. Copyright C 1998, James Allan Evans. Perhaps for that reason, the eighteenth book dealing with Justinian's reign seems well acquainted with official propaganda and is colored by it. Too busy dying and killing their own, for quite a while neither nation could find the time to organize anyone else's slaughter.
Was the regime of Theodora and Justinian a dyarchy in which the emperor and the empress promoted divergent policies? But if one thinks about it, their different-looking routes to the top are really not so dissimilar. The 'Tome' of Pope Leo, which was the core of the Chalcedonian Creed, was a reef on which all formulas would founder, for the Catholics would not accept any amendment to it, whereas even the most moderate Monophysite had come to regard it as an evil doctrine. When Kao died, Wu made her youngest son the emperor because he obeyed her orders. Having assembled their German mercenaries, and joined by a third general, they proceeded to the hippodrome. Beneath this fair and well-founded criticism—the needs of the many should outweigh the needs of the few—lies an over-reaction to the obvious pitfalls inherent in biography. After securing the exits so that none could escape, they fell upon the rebellious crowd of Blues and Greens.