First Lady of Byzantium – Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint

2 Oct

David Potter’s biography of the Empress Theodora brings to life a powerful woman previously much maligned by the writer Procopius. Theodora, famously an actress and concubine, married the emperor Justinian, and had a profound effect on the politics and laws of early Byzantium.
The author fleshes out the history of the era and allows us to see Theodora in a more modern, feminist light.
It is a wonder that people don’t know the story of Theodora in the way that we all “know” the story of Cleopatra – hopefully, books like this one help new generations see that strong & powerful women have had an impact on history.



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