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Theodora : actress, empress, saint

Author: D S Potter
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015] ©2015
Series: Women in antiquity.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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 Theodora's very humble beginnings or her improbable rise to fame and power. Raised in a family of circus performers near Constantinople's Hippodrome, she abandoned a successful  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Potter, D.S. (David Stone), 1957-
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Named Person: Theodora, Empress consort of Justinian I Emperor of the East; Theodora, Empress consort of Justinian I Emperor of the East
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: D S Potter
ISBN: 9780199392391 0199392390
OCLC Number: 919201208
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Contents: Cover; Series; Theodora; Copyright; Contents; Maps; 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; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
Series Title: Women in antiquity.
Responsibility: David Potter.


An engaging biography of one of history's most intriguing and powerful women: Theodora, Empress of the Byzantine Empire  Read more...


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Displaying an extraordinary mastery of the ancient sources, [Potter] sifts out the real woman hidden behind the image of the ruthless and ambitious prostitute created by hostile contemporaries... Read more...

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