Author: Robert Browning

Publisher: Gorgias PressLlc

ISBN: 9781593330538

Category: Fiction

Page: 196

View: 8433

The story of the peasant's son who became an emperor and the dissolute actress who resided beside him on the throne is one of the greatest and most controversial romances of history. United, they presided over a key epoch in the formation of Europe.
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Author: James Allan Stewart Evans

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313325823

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 178

View: 9782

Looks at the life and times of the Emperor Justinian.
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Partner of Justinian

Author: James Allan Evans

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292702701

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 172

View: 6788

Presents a biography of the burlesqe actress who became the trusted partner of Byzantine emperor Justinian in both marriage and government affairs.
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Empress of Byzantium

Author: Paolo Cesaretti

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 0865652805

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 8895

This book is a gripping, long-overdue biography of one of the most intriguing and powerful female figures of Western history: Theodora of Byzantium. Ruthlessly criticized and reviled by her contemporaries, Theodora, the beautiful wife of Emperor Justinian, began her life as the daughter of a bear-keeper and rose to be Justinian's partner in politics as well as in life, ruling from 527 to 548. She stood by his side in Constantinople as he built a ôsecond Rome,ö waging battles against the Goths and Vandals, quelling nationalist unrest in Egypt, and suppressing a rebellion at their doorstep by mercilessly slaughtering 30,000 in Constantinople's stadium. Theodora's political savvy saved Justinian's empire time and time again. When the European editions of Theodora were published, it was hailed as the ôBook of the Year.ö Author Paolo Cesaretti received the Ginzano Cavour Prize for sifting through a vast range of documentary material to deliver a richly entertaining story of an ambitious and cunning woman who defied the conventions of her time and triumphed over those who sought to defame and destroy her.
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Justinian and Theodora - Volume III, Book 2

Author: Daniel Cirignani

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781949235005


Page: N.A

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Three years after the death of Empress Theodora, Emperor Justinian struggles with grief and the aftermath of surviving the plague, while Anastasia, a young orphan seamstress, finds herself caught up in the center of intrigues spanning three empires, all as relates silk.
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The First Great Plague and the End of the Roman Empire

Author: William Rosen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101202424

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 7065

From the acclaimed author of Miracle Cure and The Third Horseman, the epic story of the collision between one of nature's smallest organisms and history's mightiest empire During the golden age of the Roman Empire, Emperor Justinian reigned over a territory that stretched from Italy to North Africa. It was the zenith of his achievements and the last of them. In 542 AD, the bubonic plague struck. In weeks, the glorious classical world of Justinian had been plunged into the medieval and modern Europe was born. At its height, five thousand people died every day in Constantinople. Cities were completely depopulated. It was the first pandemic the world had ever known and it left its indelible mark: when the plague finally ended, more than 25 million people were dead. Weaving together history, microbiology, ecology, jurisprudence, theology, and epidemiology, Justinian's Flea is a unique and sweeping account of the little known event that changed the course of a continent. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Actress, Empress, Saint

Author: David Stone Potter

Publisher: Women in Antiquity

ISBN: 0199740763

Category: Biography

Page: 277

View: 1056

An authoritative portrait of one of the ancient world's most intriguing and powerful women.Despite very humble beginnings, Theodora rose to become empress of the Byzantine Empire at the acme of its power and influence. Raised in a family of circus performers in Constantinople, she later caught the attention of the future emperor Justinian while performing as a courtesan. The two weremarried soon thereafter, to the shock of the ruling elite. When Justinian assumed power in AD 527, they ruled the Empire together until her death twenty years later.Their reign was the most celebrated in Byzantine history, bringing wealth, prestige, and even much of the Italian peninsula back to the Empire. As Justinian's most trusted advisor, she discernibly influenced his rule. Her interest in social causes, for example, is seen in added legal protections forwomen and the lower classes. Theodora's most lasting impact was her unwavering support for the Christian sect of Monophysitism. Although her husband was orthodox, Theodora maintained her religious independence at considerable risk to herself. In Syria today, where the sect still thrives, she isrevered as a saint.In Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint, renowned historian David Potter provides a fresh new account of her fascinating life and times. He penetrates the highly biased writings of her contemporaries and takes advantage of the latest research on early Byzantium to craft the most authoritative andengaging biography of Theodora to date. It will be of interest to all readers of women's history and ancient history.
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Author: Andrew Muir

Publisher: Mondial

ISBN: 159569241X

Category: Fiction

Page: 456

View: 2710

When Rome fell in 473AD, Constantinople became the capital of the remnants of the Roman Empire. Virtually every province west of Greece had fallen to the Goths or barbarians and in north Africa to the Visigoths. This historical novel tells the story of Theodora, one time actress or vedette who became the wife of Flavius Justinian, four years before he became Emperor Justinian. -- Theodora so impressed Justinian with her political expertise that he took the unprecedented step of allowing her to rule by his side as Empress. Together they began the task of restoring the Roman Empire to its former glory, reclaiming lands lost fifty years earlier. During the infamous Nikka riots, when Justinian was preparing to flee for his life, Theodora showed her courage, leadership and determination when she vowed to stay. She inspired her entourage with a rousing speech and commanded the young General Belisarius to attack and eliminate the mob which was occupying the stadium, which he did with devastating efficiency. Thereafter, Justinian devoted himself to codifying the law and rebuilding the city and its palaces and churches which had been destroyed by the riots, leaving Theodora and Belisarius to reconquer the lands which had made up the Roman Empire. -- This is the story of the battles for the lost lands from Libya to Italy and the relationship which developed between the Empress and the General as they struggled together to resurrect the glory that had been the greatest empire in the world.
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A Novel

Author: Stella Duffy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101552662

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 2450

"A bravura performance: a witty, moving, sexy book that bursts with as much color and excitement as the city of Constantinople itself." -Financial Times Roman historian Procopius publicly praised Theodora of Constantinople for her piety-while secretly detailing her salacious stage act and maligning her as ruthless and power hungry. So who was this woman who rose from humble beginnings as a dancer to become the empress of Rome and a saint in the Orthodox Church? Award-winning novelist Stella Duffy vividly recreates the life and times of a woman who left her mark on one of the ancient world's most powerful empires. Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore is a sexy, captivating novel that resurrects an extraordinary, little-known figure from the dusty pages of history.
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Author: John W. Barker

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299039448

Category: History

Page: 318

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The eastern half of the Roman Empire, economically the stronger, did not "fall" but continued almost intact, safe in the new capital of Constantinople. This empire is the subject of John Barker Jr.'s book and the central focus of his examination of questions of continuity and change.
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The Last Roman Emperor

Author: George Philip Baker

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0815412177

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

View: 7484

Examines how Emperor Justinian (482-565 A.D.) and his wife, Empress Theodora, both infamous, he for corruption and she for sexual depravity, fought revolts, riots, intrigues, and plots in an attempt to restore the Roman Empire to its former glory and to its former boundaries.
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Webster’s Quotations, Facts and Phrases

Author: Icon Group International

Publisher: ICON Group International

ISBN: 9780546609127


Page: N.A

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Author: H. N. Turteltaub

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9780312871666

Category: Fiction

Page: 640

View: 6659

From one of the nation's leading Byzantine scholars comes a fictional look at the vicious reign of Justinian II, Emperor of the Romans in the seventh century and one of history's most desperate and brutal rulers. "Electrifying...An artfully styled narrative and painstaking attention to historical detail vivify this mesmerizing account of one of history's most remarkable rulers." --Booklist At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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A History of the Sixth Century (Classic Reprint)

Author: William Gordon Holmes

Publisher: Forgotten Books

ISBN: 9780666488060

Category: History

Page: 392

View: 4161

Excerpt from The Age of Justinian and Theodora, Vol. 1: A History of the Sixth Century Enlarged. I am indebted to suggestions from various reviewers of the first edition for several of the improvements introduced. Occasionally, however, they are in error and at variance among themselves on some of the points noted. A few of my critics have accused me of being too discursive, especially in my notes, an impression which is the natural result of my not having expressed it definitely anywhere that my Object was to present not merely the sociology and events Of a particular period, but also to illustrate, in an abridged. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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Author: Procopius

Publisher: Seltzer Books via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1455407704

Category: History

Page: 469

View: 8723

According to Wikipedia: "Procopius of Caesarea (Latin: Procopius Caesarensis, c. AD 500 – c. AD 565) was a prominent Byzantine scholar from Palestine. Accompanying the general Belisarius in the wars of the Emperor Justinian I, he became the principal historian of the 6th century, writing the Wars of Justinian, the Buildings of Justinian and the celebrated Secret History. He is commonly held to be the last major historian of the ancient world."
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Antonina and the Empress Theodora

Author: James Allan Evans

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441140786

Category: History

Page: 264

View: 3074

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