First lady of byzantium theodora actress empress saint david potters 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. Theodora i d r greek c 500 28 june 548 was empress of the eastern roman empire by marriage to emperor justinian ishe was one of the most influential and powerful of the eastern roman empresses albeit from a humble background some sources mention her as empress regnant with justinian i as her co regentalong with her spouse she is a saint in . Although herhusband was orthodox theodora maintained her religions independence and today in syria where the sect still thrives she is revered as a saint in theodora actress empress saint renowned historian david potter provides a new account of the life and times of this important historical figure. It was inevitable that theodora should be selected for inclusion in ou ps women in antiquity series and the title says it all theodora began as a mime actress which led to a career first as justinians secret agent and then his wife and empress the sainthood came after her death and never reached the roman catholic church. Well written theodora actress empress saint a volume in the oxford series women in antiquity is not only a ground breaking biography of theodora but an excellent history of the empire in the sixth century
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