When looking for great romance stories, we don't always think of medieval constantinople - but perhaps we should justinian let's start with emperor justinian born around 482 ce in what is today the republic of macedonia, justinian belonged to a peasant family, and was not someone you'd expect to become emperor. Theodora was the wife of the byzantine emperor justinian i she is considered as one of the most powerful women in the history of the byzantine empire she was the emperor's most trusted consultant it is said that she used her influence over the king to endorse policies related to religion and social issues which served. One uncle, justin i, rose to become the emperor of the byzantine empire in 518 ad and started the justinian dynasty that ruled from constantinople for a total a discussion of justinian would be incomplete without a mention of theodora, the woman he fell in love with, married, and crowned as empress. Justinian: the last roman emperor because i did not know much about her, it was fascinating how she rose up from humble beginnings to become an empress of the byzantine empire theodora was the i give this author a lot of credit for attempting this biography of theodora, wife of emperor justinian of byzantium. Theodora was the wife of justinian i who was crowned emperor of the byzantine empire in 527 ad as his wife, she ruled by his side, as his partner, and her intelligence helped to advance the empire the exact place of her birth has not been agreed upon while some historians say she was born on the island of crete off. Emperor justinian the great was responsible for substantial expansion of the byzantine empire, and for conquering africa, spain, rome, and most of italy justinian was responsible for the construction of the hagia sophia, the center of christianity in constantinople even today, the hagia sophia is recognized as one of the.
However biased, especially in the case of theodora, it is felt that procopius correctly portrayed the decadent lifestyle of constantinople during the first half of the sixth whatever she may have been in her youth, once married to justinian, theodora conducted herself with the nobility of character worthy of one of history's. I give this author a lot of credit for attempting this biography of theodora, wife of emperor justinian of byzantium the credit is surely due because there are, unfortunatley, not a lot of information sources about theodora, and the most complete source is procopious's secret history, which can in no way be considered a. The main historical sources for theodora's life are the works of her contemporary procopius who offers a contradictory portrait of the empress his initial history after his victory, justinian gave theodora real power, making her his co-ruler and the most powerful woman in the byzantine empire he never.
Following the nika revolt, justinian and theodora rebuilt and reformed constantinople and made it the most splendid city the world had seen for centuries, building they also carefully supervised the magistrates, much more so than previous emperors, possibly to reduce bureaucratic corruption. This was his wife, theodora, who refused to play the subordinate role normally expected of a byzantine empress and her unswerving support for the faction became a factor in byzantine life after 527, when she was crowned as empress— not least because justinian himself, before he became emperor. In sixth century constantinople, one woman, theodora, defied every convention and all the odds, and rose from being a common theater tart to become arguably one of the most powerful women in history of the yzantine empire, theodora was the wife of emperor justinian i noted as savior of her husband's throne, she. Successful in that endeavor, he and theodora married in 525 ad two years later, they were crowned as emperor justinian i and empress theodora i justinian, who was much older than theodora, relied on his wife for advice and counsel although they never co-ruled the byzantine empire, history tells.
She was born to the bear-keeper of constantinople's hippodrome in about ad500 her father died when she was five and her mother married another animal-keeper when he failed to land her dead husband's job, she rehearsed her three little girls in arm movements and the silent gestures of supplication. Emperor justinian and theodora justinian ruled the byzantine empire with his wife, empress theodora they believed their empire was civilization's guardian because it practiced the true religion they believed that laws should be made by wise rulers, rather than directives handed down as a tradition.
Byzantine empire emperor justinian facts, life, theodora emperor of constantinople (byzantium) achievements, accomplishments, hagia sophia and his wife. Empress theodora 497-548 the byzantine empress theodora was the wife of the emperor justinian i (reigned 527–565) and probably the most powerful woman maurice (born in arabissos, cappadocia in 539 - died in constantinople on nov a great soldier-emperor, who drove the avars and slavs out of the empire.
Procopius of caesarea (in palestine) [born c490/507- died c560s] is the most important source for information about the reign of the emperor justinian [born theodora was now in some fear for antonina, for she had heard what had happened to her so she sent word to belisarius to bring his wife to constantinople. She is theodora, syriac empress of byzantium from 527-548, was probably the most influential and powerful woman in the empire's history theodora in 527, justin, the emperor of byzantium, and justinian's father died the couple theodora, the syrian wife of the emperor justinian, was no ordinary woman not for a. 500 – june 28, 548) was empress of the byzantine empire and the wife of emperor justinian i along with her husband, she is a saint in the orthodox church, commemorated on november 14 she is considered to have been the most most influential and powerful woman in the empire's history she used.
Justinian i was one of the most powerful emperors of the byzantine empire empress theodora was the wife of the emperor justinian according to procopius' secret history , written shortly after the death of the empress in the middle of the 6 th century ad, but published only after the 17 th century,. 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 conquest and territorial reorganization were paralleled by reforms. Theodora, byzantine empress also known as: теодора лакапина, theodora , teodora, θεοδώρα birthdate: 874 (49) birthplace: constantinople, byzantine empire death: february 20, 923 (49) constantinople, byzantine empire place of burial: monastery of myrelaeum immediate family: wife of.
Theodora (c 500 – 548) was inarguably the most successful courtesan of all time , rising from humble beginnings in a theatrical family to become empress of the byzantine empire as the wife of emperor justinian i like her husband, she was also canonized in the eastern orthodox church if there has ever. Theodora, (born c 497 ce—died june 28, 548, constantinople [now istanbul, turkey]), byzantine empress, wife of the emperor justinian i (reigned 527–565), probably the most powerful woman in byzantine history her intelligence and political acumen made her justinian's most trusted adviser and enabled her to use the. A prisoner in his own palace, justinian decided to board a ship and sail away from constantinople, stepping down as emperor, but saving his life as he started to leave, he looked behind him to find his wife, theodora, stubbornly refusing i would rather die an empress, than live on the run, and besides, purple makes a.