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Theodora Empress, consort of Justinian I, Emperor of the East -548

Works: 137 works in 324 publications in 11 languages and 13,057 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography 
Classifications: DF586, 949.5020922
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[L'Aventureuse réussite de Théodora.] Crowned Courtesan. The tale of Theodora, Empress of Byzantium ... Translated ... by Warre Bradley Wells by Marcel Brion( Book )

1 edition published in 1936 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Women in purple : rulers of Medieval Byzantium by Judith Herrin( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In the eighth and ninth centuries, three Byzantine empresses--Irene, Euphrosyne, and Theodora--changed history. Their combined efforts restored the veneration of icons, saving Byzantium from a purely symbolic and decorative art and ensuring its influence for centuries to come. In this exhilarating and highly entertaining account, one of the foremost historians of the medieval period tells the story of how these fascinating women exercised imperial sovereignty with consummate skill and sometimes ruthless tactics. Though they gained access to the all-pervasive authority of the Byzantine ruling dynasty through marriage, all three continued to wear the imperial purple and wield tremendous power as widows. From Constantinople, their own Queen City, the empresses undermined competitors and governed like men. They conducted diplomacy across the known world, negotiating with the likes of Charlemagne, Roman popes, and the great Arab caliph Harun al Rashid. Vehemently rejecting the ban on holy images instituted by their male relatives, Irene and Theodora used craft and power to reverse the official iconoclasm and restore icons to their place of adoration in the Eastern Church. In so doing, they profoundly altered the course of history. The art--and not only the art--of Byzantium, of Islam, and of the West would have been very different without them. As Judith Herrin traces the surviving evidence, she evokes the complex and deeply religious world of Constantinople in the aftermath of Arab conquest. She brings to life its monuments and palaces, its court ceremonies and rituals, the role of eunuchs (the "third sex"), bride shows, and the influence of warring monks and patriarchs. Based on new research and written for a general audience, Women in Purple reshapes our understanding of an empire that lasted a thousand years and splashes fresh light on the relationship of women to power.--Publisher description
Ioan. Petr. de Ludewig, icti ... Vita Iustiniani M. atque Theodorae, Augustorum nec non Triboniani : iurisprudentiae Iustinianae proscenium by Johann Peter von Ludewig( )

1 edition published in 1731 in Latin and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Women in purple : rulers of Medieval Byzantium
Alternative Names
Carica Teodora


Teodora, bizantska carica

Teodora, císařovna, choť Iustiniana I., byzantského císaře, asi 500-548

Teodora, de Bizancio, -548

Teodora, de Bizancio, d. 548

Teodora I

Teodora, Împărăteasă bizantină

Teodora imperatrice bizantina

Teodora императрица византийская ок.599-548


Theodóra bizánci császárné

Theodora Byzantine empress, wife of Justinian I

Theodora, consort of Justinian I, Emperor of the East, d. 548

Theodora Empress

Theodora, Empress, consort of Justinian I, Emperor of the East, d. 548

Theodora, Empress of the East, d. 548

Theodora I.

Theodora I danseres uit Byzantijnse Rijk (500-548)

Theodora I. Ehefrau des byzantinischen Kaisers Justinian I.

Théodora impératrice de l'empire byzantin

Theodora Imperium Byzantinum, Augusta 497-548

Theodora Imperium Byzantinum, Kaiserin 497-548

Théodora императрица византийская ок.500-548

Θεοδώρα σύζυγος του Βυζαντινού αυτοκράτορα Ιουστινιανού


Теодора жена Јустинијана I

Теодора (сопруга на Јустинијан I)



תאודורה, קיסרית האימפריה הביזנטית

الإمبراطورة تيودورا، زوجة جستنيان الأول، إمبراطور الشرق، حو. 500-548


ثاودورة القيصرة

ثيودورا، الإمبراطورة، زوجة جستنيان الأول، إمبراطور الشرق، حو. 500-548

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Theodora : actress, empress, whoreTheodora : empress of ByzantiumTheodora : portrait in a Byzantine landscapeThe empress Theodora : partner of JustinianFive for silverThe age of Justinian and Theodora : a history of the sixth century A.D.Women in purple : rulers of Medieval Byzantium