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Theodora

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Two of the most famous mosaics from the ancient world, in the church of San Vitale in Ravenna, depict the sixth-century emperor Ju... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

Two of the most famous mosaics from the ancient world, in the church of San Vitale in Ravenna, depict the sixth-century emperor Justinian and, on the wall facing him, his wife, Theodora (497-548). This majestic portrait gives no inkling of Theodoras very humble beginnings or her improbable rise to fame and power. Raised in a family of circus performers near Constantinoples Hippodrome, she abandoned a successful acting career in her late teens to follow a lover whom she was legally forbidden to marry. When he left her, she was a single mother who built a new life for herself as a secret agent, in which role she met the heir to the throne. To the shock of the ruling elite, the two were married, and when Justinian assumed power in 527, they ruled the Eastern Roman Empire together. Their reign was the most celebrated in Byzantine history, bringing wealth, prestige, and even Rome itself back to the Empire. Theodora was one of the dominant political figures of her era, helping shape imperial foreign and domestic policy and twice saving her husband from threatened deposition. She played a central role trying to solve the religious disputes of her era and proactively assisted women who were being trafficked. An extraordinarily able politician, she excited admiration and hatred from those around her. Enemies wrote extensively and imaginatively about her presumed early career as a prostitute, while supporters elevated her, quite literally, to sainthood. Theodoras is a tale of a woman of exceptional talent who overcame immense obstacles to achieve incredible power, which she exercised without ever forgetting where she had come from. In Theodora: Actress, Empress, Saint, David Potter penetrates the highly biased accounts of her found in the writings of her contemporaries and takes advantage of the latest research on early Byzantium to craft a modern, well-rounded, and engaging narrative of Theodoras life. This fascinating portrait will intrigue all readers with an interest in ancient and womens history.

Autorentext

David Potter is Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. His books include Constantine the Emperor, The Victor's Crown, Emperors of Rome, and Ancient Rome: A New History.



Inhalt

Contents List of Maps List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Constantinople 2. Telling Nasty Stories 3. Sex and the Stage 4. Factions and Networks 5. Patrician 6. The Succession 7. Augusta: The First Five Years 8. Revolution 9. War and Religion 10. Plots and Plague 11. Last Years 12. Legacy Dramatis Personae Timeline Abbreviations Bibliography Notes

Produktinformationen

Titel: Theodora
Untertitel: Actress, Empress, Saint
Autor:
EAN: 9780199392537
ISBN: 978-0-19-939253-7
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 272
Veröffentlichung: 07.10.2015
Jahr: 2015
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 6.0 MB