Byzantine Empresses: Women and Power in Byzantium AD by Lynda Garland

By Lynda Garland

В доступной и популярной форме, используя хронологический подход, Линда Гарлэнд создает ряд биографических портретов наиболее выдающихся женщин Византии, управлявших самостоятельно или деливших трон между 527 г. и 1204 г. Рассказаны истории женщин Империи, имевших огромное политическое влияние и значительные ресурсы.Образцы сканов:

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But the reference to the girls being ‘as though under a contract’ may be a reference to Nov. J. 14, which specifically legislated against those who entrapped girls into thinking that such arrangements were legitimate contracts. This may therefore be evidence that Theodora had some influence on this area of Justinian’s legislation. 45 The case mentioned by Procopius referred to Praeiecta, the emperor’s niece, who was in love with the Armenian Artabanes. Theodora stepped in to prevent a marriage, despite Justinian’s concurrence, when Artabanes’s existing wife came to court and begged for her help.

42 For there had been a numerous body of procurers in the city from ancient times, conducting their traffic in licentiousness in brothels and selling others’ youth in the public market-place and forcing virtuous persons into slavery. But the Emperor Justinian and the Empress Theodora, who always shared a common piety in all that they did, devised the following plan. They cleansed the state of the pollution of the brothels, banishing the very name of brothel-keepers, and they set free from a licentiousness fit only for slaves the women who were struggling with extreme poverty, providing them with independent maintenance, and setting virtue free.

Public opinion considered that the imperial couple deliberately fostered the appearance of disagreement in this regard to keep both sides happy,69 but though the pair may have agreed to appear to ‘divide and rule’, there is little doubt that Theodora acted from conviction, albeit with Justinian’s sanction. Before she was empress, perhaps in 523, John of Ephesos relates that Mare, the monophysite bishop of Amida, who had been banished to Petra, sent his deacon and notary Stephen to Constantinople to intercede for him.

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