Please note that this is art analysis, the boring stuff is in the description, so if you have add skip to the iconography and read on for historical information on the emperor see justinian, and also the empress theodora. On 17th january 532 the byzantine emperor justinian was saved from being overthrown by a rioting mob, his saviour being his strong-willed wife theodora she had started her adult life as a prostitute and actress, and therefore an unlikely candidate for the position of wife to the empire’s crown prince. Justinian's fiscal policies, the discontent of the monophysites at his orthodoxy, and the loyalty of the populace to the family of anastasius i produced the nika riot (532), which would have cost justinian his throne but for the firmness of his wife, empress theodora, and the aid of his great generals, belisarius and narses (see blues and. When justinian was crowned in 527, he named as co-regent his young wife theodora she was 15 years his junior and his opposite in nearly every way she was social, witty, supremely self-confident.
Related topics theodora of khazaria: wikis: advertisements theodora of khazaria was the second empress consort of justinian ii of the byzantine empire contents 1 family 2 marriage the name was probably chosen to evoke memories of theodora, wife of justinian i . Seeing his wife's courage, justinian decided to stay the riot was controlled, and justinian continued to rule the byzantine empire empress theodora refused to leave constantinople in the wake of the nika riot. It occurred to me that there have always been selkie women: women who did not seem to belong to this world, because they did not fit into prevailing notions of what women were supposed to be.
Procopius' buildings of justinian, written about the same time as the secret history, is a panegyric which paints justinian and theodora as a pious couple and presents particularly flattering portrayals of them besides her piety, her beauty is excessively praised. Justinian—emperor with a lasting legacy justinian i was the emperor of the byzantine state and ruled alongside his empress theodora for nearly forty years (527-565 ce) his reign foretold substantial territorial and military triumph, accompanied by a new modus operandi of architecture. Theodora empress and wife of justinian i, the courage and statesmanship of theodora (ca 500-548) complemented the genius of her husband and significantly contributed to the glories of his reign little is known about the early life of theodora , who rose to become one of the most famous women in western civilization. Theodora was a woman of humble origins who married justinian, also born of peasant stock, who ruled byzantium from 527 to 565 theodora's unswerving will, superior intelligence, and acute political acumen lead many modern-day historians to the conclusion that it was she, rather than justinian, who ruled byzantium. Justinian was born to a nonaristocratic family in the balkans his uncle justin served in the imperial bodyguard and rose to become its commanding officer and then emperor from 518 to 527 ce justin promoted and adopted his talented nephew and proclaimed him coemperor in 527.
Theodora prove that theodora, legally, was co-ruler with her husband she was not just a figurehead perhaps the most significant event during empress theodora's rule was. Empress theodora was not your everyday woman who lived in the byzantine empire in fact, she was the most powerful empress of the byzantine empire she had everything it took to lead, but instead ruled as regent next to her husband, justinian theodora had beauty, intelligence, charm, and was very. Theodora justinian's wife hagia sophia church in the byzantine empire built by justinian ottoman turks a group of muslims that conquered the byzantine empire world history topic 3: the middle ages in western europe 15 terms world history topic 4 - african civilizations exam. Theodora first became the mistress of justinian then justin accommodated his heir's attraction to theodora by changing the law that forbid a patrician from marrying an actress that there is an independent record of this law being changed lends weight to at least the general outline of procopius' story of theodora's lowly origins.
When justin died and justinian became emperor in 527, theodora-from-the-brothel was empress of rome the classic rags to riches story is made richer still by theodora's achievements in power. Justinian and theodora eventually created a convent on the asian side of the dardanelles called the metanoia (repentance), where the ex-prostitutes could support themselvesthe main account on the subject is given in the buildings of justinian by procopius there was a throng of women in byzantium who had carried on in brothels a business of. As described in the secret history, justinian and theodora are unfitting for procopius' model of ideal roman rulers procopius indirectly sets his standards for an ideal roman ruler by criticizing profuse amounts of justinian's deeds. Mosaic portraits of justinian and his wife, the empress theodora, appear there at the church of san vitale (526–48) by his death in 565, the empire bordered nearly the entire mediterranean sea, a size unrivalled in byzantine history from that point onward.
Theodora of the byzantine empire, wife to emperor justinian, is credited with almost co-running the empire her biggest contributions during justinian's reign as emperor are as follows: persuading. Justinian was the emperor of the byzantine empire between 527 and 565 the byzantine empire formed from the eastern portion of the roman empire emperors such as diocletian divided the roman. But his wife, the empress theodora, convinces him to stay, saying, “for one who has been an emperor it is unendurable to be a fugitive” some people later say that theodora saved the throne of the byzantine empire.
Justinian, whose wife, theodora, was a strong champion of the monophysites, did not wish to lose the eastern provinces, but he knew, on the other hand, that any concessions to them would almost certainly alienate rome and the west. Theodora had a horrible childhood (pg 12- 27), which brought out a defensive side of her, but justinian was basically living in the shadow of his predecessors and still trying to find his way (pg 335. Anch305: byzantine history ad 330-1056 to what degree does procopius’ secret history give a realistic account of justinian and theodora and their reign procopius’ anecdota, better known as his ‘secret history’ is the most widely known source we have available for the reign of the emperor. Theodora (greek: θεοδώρα c 500 – 28 june 548) was empress of the byzantine empire and the wife of emperor justinian i she was one of the most influential and powerful of the byzantine empresses some sources mention her as empress regnant with justinian i as her co-regent along with her.